Remember when we were planning on moving* this summer? Well that hasn’t happened yet. And now it’s time for us to get back to “school”?! I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what worked and what didn’t work last year and what “school” will look like for us this year. I realized this summer that Caden is perfectly capable of learning on his own, with no teaching from me. This has led me to read about natural learning also known as child-led learning, life learning, interest-led learning or unschooling*. gasp! And I think this is the direction that we will be heading this year.
What this means is that I will not be trying to “teach” Caden, force him to do anything or use a curriculum. I will provide new experiences, hands-on activities and lots of time to learn through play. This is known as strewing* in the unschooling world. I hope to set up a room with play centers, much like you would see in a preschool (although I suppose centers are not necessary) and have a list of activities and games based on a monthly theme.
Some ideas for centers and what skills can be learned include:
- Dress Up Bin- imagination, problem solving
- Play Kitchen/Dramatic Play- imagination, problem solving, social skills
- Art Center- fine motor, creativity, colors, shapes
- Blocks & Building Center- motor skills, creativity, problem solving, shapes, counting, colors
- Sensory Station- explore textures & senses, fine motor
- Book Nook- literacy & language development
- Activity Wall (Calendar, Felt & Magnet Board)- any of the above
Other ideas for learning include:
- Literature Extension Activities- literacy & language development, comprehension
- Nature Walks- observation skills, science
- Field Trips- any of the above
- Library visits- literacy & language development, social & emotional development
- Baking & Cooking- science & math, following directions
- Alphabet Boxes*– literacy & language development, phonics, alphabet recognition
- Games & Puzzles- taking turns, problem solving, fine motor
- Busy Bags*– fine motor, numbers, colors, shapes, counting, literacy & language development
- Play Dough Kit*– fine motor skills, imagination, shapes, colors & counting
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Over the next few weeks, I plan to share with you all a little bit of what our play centers look like, what our days look like, some of the learning toys, games & books on my wish list, and some of the themed plans that I have started putting together.
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