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Introducing myself and any advice welcome..

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ChaCha Thu 23-Oct-08 20:48:53


I have 3 boys under the age of 3, the eldest will be 3 in December. It is my intention to enable them to learn out of school. I have just ordered the Alan Thomas book recommended on another thread - thanks for that (have been lurking for a while) and had been looking at preschool curriculums and plans when i realised this was not the route i wanted to follow and that a checklist from time to time would suffice me (i.e. that we are covering most of what children their age are).

I don't have any plans in place but a typical day might go something like this
- unloading/loading dishwasher - going through colours, opposites etc..
- sorting washing into colours, pegging it onto their own line once done
- tidying up, arranging their toys etc.. (the children ask to help most of the time)
- playing in the garden on their bikes, slide etc.. i notice lots of role play, some instigated some done on own
- craft boxes for messy play (not always but even just stickers/stars and some crayons for days we can't get to the family centre for messy play)
- Thomas Tank Engine has helped with all the colours and numbers as have teaching aids across the walls
- long walks with packed lunches where we look at EVERYTHING we come across and talk about for as long as their interested
- This list is endless, even trips on the bus/car are all a learning experience - i think this is why i don't feel the need to send them to school.
Turning into a bit of a ramble now (am tired too) and i didn't really know where to begin. Guess i just want some encouragement and more ideas etc..
I have asked a KS1 specialist over this weekend give some support on early learning skills such as letter formation etc.. the rest i think i can cope with.

Thank you

onwardandupward Thu 23-Oct-08 21:13:36

Can I come and live at your house? grin

Quite a lot of the sorts of contexts where children are beginning to experiment with literacy might find interest (online games, activity books, CBeebies type magazines, maybe even workbooks if that's their bag, baby) set up the letter stuff with directions for where the pen goes in what order. Not a big deal I don't think whether the child follows the instructions or not, but that would suffice, I'd have thought, if it is important to you and/or your children. I really love some of those early literacy experimental ways of forming letters - showing how a child is seeing the graphic quite differently from the way we all get assimilated into interpreting it Like an A as a triangle with two legs below or something. Love it

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