One interesting thing about toddlers is how much they learn without formal “school.” As I’ve noticed how much Hannah picks up and how easily she learns at this stage, I’ve been thinking I should be more deliberate about giving her opportunities to learn. My friend Kim Shaughnessy told me about a great book called “Hands On Homeschooling” that meets that need. I looked at the website, and was impressed with the scope and sequence of skills for 2-5 year olds (you can find it here), but when I borrowed the two year old book from Kim, I was even more impressed. It’s worth the money (you can see samples here). The author translates the scope and sequence into monthly, weekly, and daily plans, with lists of what materials you’d need for each thing, and suggestions for other activities.
I think the scope and sequence is useful, but it should be approached with your own child in mind. I probably will do different activities and more memorization, and probably more reading prep activities with Hannah, because of where she is now, but I do plan to use the scope and sequence to plan out my own loose idea of goals for Hannah this year. Although I’m not going to buy this book myself, I can see how it would be a great resource for some moms, especially if you don’t have the time or inclination to plan out a lot of activities for your toddler.
As a side note for clarification, I’m not going to copy the curriculum, but the scope and sequence are on the website for free, so I feel like I can use those to create my own plan. I didn’t want to give the impression that I’m doing anything unethical.
Heather L. recommended A Guide to Elegance and I truly enjoyed it. The writing is witty and pleasant, and the tips are right on, even though the book was originally published in 1963. That just goes to show that elegance is timeless I suppose! I appreciated that many of the principles the author mentions are things my mother taught me (and I sadly ignored in my younger years), and I felt better about my attempts to have a few high quality items that last rather than a lot of trendy things. However, I was chagrined to remember all the money I spent in college on trendy junk, and I wish I had bought an Hermes handbag instead! Oh well.
I expected to get a lot of great ideas for kid activities from Slow and Steady Get Me Ready but I didn’t. This may be a failing on my part, but if Mama isn’t inspired, the kiddos probably won’t be either. I also thought some of the skills came a little late in the game, and the author said that she didn’t think you should teach children things earlier. I guess I think kids should pick things up whenever they ask. The book may work for you if you’re less put off by things like that, and if you’re more inclined toward do it yourself crafts with spools and things.
Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, 2 Corinthians
Genesis, Psalms, Luke, Galatians
“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte (to Hannah)
“Teach Yourself New Testament Greek” by Ian Macnair
“Personal History” by Katharine Graham
“The Maker’s Diet” by Jordan Rubin
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