We are having to make changes to Samuel’s schedule due to some of his medical constraints. These changes mean I will have a little bit less flexibility to “go with the flow”. There is one particular time block that might be a little challenging. As a general rule, Samuel does really well if he is highly engaged, so I decided that during this one hour block I might try my hand at starting our “homeschool” routine. GASP . . . but he’s not even a year old yet. I understand that, and I hope to play around with the things we do to find what works for Samuel, but I know he will have loads of fun with focused mommy and baby time. Here is our plan for this week:
Letter of the week: A
Memory verse for the week: “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD”. Joshua 24:15
Periodically throughout the day, we will listen to this song.
New Toy: Qwirkle Tiles (each week I try to take away one toy Samuel doesn’t seem interested in any more, and add a new tow, or an old toy he might play with in a new way)
Mystery Box Items (choose 5 – one for each day): Apple, Apron, Ark, Alligator, Animal, Automobile, Angel, Ant
Daily Story/Activity: (This is what we do to start our “learning time” each day)
Say: “God made everything. He even made the animals.” Look at the animals in the Bible Story Books Vol. 1, creation story and sing the song “Animals, Animals” while pointing to the animals God made. Finish with reading an animal book (a different animal book each day.)
Monday – LeapFrog Fridge Phonics (each week I will put a different letter in the fridge phonics toy. I don’t usually like electronic toys, but Samuel loves putting the letter in this one and pressing the button. I’m only giving him one letter at a time right now.) Pre cut out some apples and put them in a paper bag for Samuel to dump out and put back in the bag.
Tuesday – Place stuffed animals all around the room and sing “Shall We Go for a Walk Today?” and hunt for all the animals. Do it a second time, “walking” over pillows and “hills.”
Wednesday – Either applesauce finger paint or Artist tub. Let him see what crayons do – give him paper and help him with crayons (this may be WAY too advanced for him, but you never know until you try).
Thursday – All Around Town – drive Samuel around in a laundry basket to “houses” and other places. Then, fill the basket with things to weigh it down and let Samuel push the basked around town (practice walking).
Friday – Play musical instruments to ABC songs and songs for the week.