I dig being a Mom. I also dig being a teacher. Therefore I dig teaching my son.
It is so thrilling to see him get into what we're doing. We often tie playing and learning together so when we are playing blocks I say, "I love the two squares that you've put together. That makes a rectangle" or we play a game like lacing cards or memory with word cards.
I am also a huge nerd when it comes to this stuff. It thrills me to organize little learning exercises for him, to make sure he's learning with everything we do, and to execute it.
I recently found the websites Preschool Express and Letter of the Week. With these, I have arranged a weekly theme, letter, number, shape, color, stories, a field trip, special food, crafts, and games.
For example, this week we learned the letter B. With Montessori you learn the sound of the letter before you learn what the letter is. I tie these two together. We write the letter B down, trace it with our fingers, and say "The letter B goes down, then you make a small BUMP and a BIG BUMP. The letter B says Buh buh for Bubble, Boy, Bee, Bear, Ball," etc. Liam usually repeats it depending on how into it he is. But it's good to see him repeating "Down, Bump, Bump" later in the day as he recognizes other B's. Along with this, we work on his letters. L. I. A. M. We find these letters when we read books and he connects them with a special pride. "Iam's letters," he says.
Letter from last week -
Along with the theme, we go to the library and get books on the subject. Last week it was kittens, so we got books with real pictures of cats and kittens, how they grow, what they eat, etc. We went to the local pet store and watched the tiny kittens play and he was so excited to see what he had learned in action. He kept talking about how Buckley, our cat, was a kitten and now he's a "big cat".
This week the shape is circle and the color is blue. We will make blueberry pie and tarts to emphasize these two.
Nerdtastic. I know it. I get it. I wear my nerdiness with honor.