(Yet another short post at the end of a long, yet fun, day that sucks the brains right out of you.)
One thing I’ve been thinking about pretty seriously is trying to put together a somewhat formalized “curriculum” to use with E this year. I think it will really help me to have the structure and goals actually sketched out, and it will definitely help next year when it’s R I’m trying to do at this level and E has moved along to more normal school. (I.e., Pre-K 3 curricula actually exist, meaning you don’t have to come up with your own ideas, and it’s a more important to actually hit on all the usual subjects, but I’ve never seen a Pre-K 2 curriculum, and there doesn’t seem to be a common set of expectations to meet or fail.)
The main thing is that this is making me wish (just a teeny bit) that I’d been an early-childhood ed major. Or at least an elementary ed major. My adolescent psych classes aren’t doing me any good with a toddler! I’m halfway thinking about finding a good early childhood education book to read, and halfway thinking that common sense and knowledge of my own child will go the distance.
The main thing I want to accomplish is being purposeful. Instead of picking random books off the shelf to read during “school time,” I want to spend a little bit of time thinking about it (and possibly even doing a little bit of research ) and choose books that are in line with certain goals and provide a deliberate variety. And I want to make sure that I’m not concentrating overmuch on “English” to the neglect of math, logic, or even science. (I’m sure I’ll neglect science, because it is my least favorite of all the subjects, except for physics, which is really math and therefore doesn’t count!)