Lately, it's really hit me how willing and capable Maddie is when it comes to learning. Her mind is truly like a sponge so I have a huge responsibility and opportunity, especially as a stay at home mom, to fully engage and expand her mind.
With that said, Maddie is officially in K1! More information on this in a future post as I work out the full details, but basically I'll be striving to do certain activities with her daily (i.e. reading, drawing, etc.), in addition to a developmental activity as well. Yes, I do a lot of this already; however, I'd like to have a plan and be a bit more structured (on my end, not hers)!
It is my goal to ensure that all of this learning takes place in a way that is nothing but fun from her perspective!
Hence one of our recent activities...
What we used:Five containers of various sizes.
Pitcher (as one of the containers) full of water.
What we did:I poured water into Maddie's cup and each of the containers.
I then showed her how to pour water into different containers.
We started with the biggest bowl (on the far left) as I knew it would be the easiest.
She, of course, was eager and hurriedly poured the water everywhere with some making it into the bowl.
We did this a few times until I felt that she understood the concept then we moved on to the smaller white bowl, the pitcher and finally the jar (the hardest).
We also spent time pouring from bowl to bowl.
Don't you just love those cute little squatted poses!
She wasn't able to get the water into the jar without help so that's something we'll be working on once the sun reappears in our area!
Of course, it's best to do this activity outside with no regard for getting wet and making a mess. I even encouraged Madison to place her hands in the water and towards the end we found objects to put in the water like leaves (to discuss floating) and rocks (to discuss sinking)!
What she's learning:
Tactile stimulation - Her sense of touch.
Upper body strength - Building strength in her neck, shoulders, arms and upper trunk.
Daily living skills - Hands on experience that can be used to care for herself and/or her surroundings.
Did I expect her to fully understand and comprehend it all? No! But she was definitely intrigued. I could tell that she really enjoyed the activity and I could see her concentration as she attempted to pour the water just right. I went into it with a mindset of just having fun and we both did!
I'm so excited about developing this K1 curriculum and finding new activities for us to enjoy, with her learning and developing all along the way!
I'll keep you posted on my planning and our activities as we progress.
Source: Productive Parenting
What are your thoughts on early education (prior to K5 - Kindergarten)?!?