As some of you know, the hubby and I have two children: Emma, 4, and Lucy, 6 months. While we love Emma's preschool and adore the staff, we also like to spend time at home, working with Emma, particularly on the things we feel are most important in helping her lead a positive educational path. She will be attending kindergarten in the fall.
I don't know everything about teaching. I'm not an educator - but a photographer. However, I am a Mom and I've learned, through motherhood, it is often best to listen to your gut.
Both Emma and I look forward to our lessons together. They're short and concise; we spend about 60 minutes between four activities and then 5-10 minutes reviewing from yesterday's lesson. It is a nice way to slow down, connect with her, and find out what learning styles most benefit her. Since beginning her daily lessons, I've learned she is extremely visual and hands on. She does best with manipulatives and being involved in an activity such as sorting, matching, writing, ect.
Moreover, I enjoy working with her because it is part of our time together. Because we have two little ones now, one of which is very young, sometimes I feel like Emma has to be on her own more than I would like. She has to take the responsibility and initiative to be patient and entertain herself. She is a wonderful big sister and has stepped into the role beautifully, though I love one on one time with her. I love seeing who she is. I love when her face lights up! I love when she figures something out - connects the dots, and truly learns something versus memorization.
Benefits to these short lessons include:
- I know where Emma is educationally. I can see her strengths.
- I can tailor the lessons to fit her needs. Not every child is the same.
- She likes to be messy! Hands on learning activities achieve both educational and sensory integration.
- This time is relaxed and pressure free. It's just her and I, talking and playing while including fun activities that are educationally driven.
As stated earlier, I am not a teacher, so I am sure I make mistakes here and there, but I'm really happy with her progress. I want her to be prepared. It's a fine balance in parenthood - the knowing what is expected of them and at the same time, not putting pressure on the child to perform or excel unnecessarily. For now, we focus on letters, numbers, phonic, patterns, simple subtraction and math; we also include a time for art and for fine motor skills.
I hope you enjoy viewing these images of Emma! I love letting her be who she is and embracing all her quirks. Check back next week for the weekly post - it'll be featuring "play" between siblings.
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