Have you ever considered early childhood “homeschool”? Do you know that 80% of a child’s brain is developed by age 3? That number jumps to 90% by age 5 when a child typically starts school. As a result, by the time your child begins “formal” education their brain is almost completely finished developing. We are firm believers in the school of “living is learning” here in the Rhodes household. You can and should take advantage of this prime learning time. Teach your child while they are at their most receptive.
Now, I’m not saying that you need to wake up your one year old at 6 AM to begin “homeschooling” them. Rather, take advantage of that brain development and teach them as much as possible. Take your baby outside and show them the sky, trees, critters, colors, and so much more. Teach them their body parts, repeat things to them, let them explore.
Let me walk you through a typical day in our “homeschool” lives…
7:00 – 7:30 Wake Up (usually his older brothers wake him up on their way out to school)
7:30 – 9:00 Snuggle/Cuddle/Play Time
9:00 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 Get Dressed and Brush Teeth
10:00 – 11:00 Learning time in room reading books, sorting shapes, coloring, etc.
11:00 – 12:00 Outside play time, look at plants, clouds, animals, playground, etc. We go outside 90% of the time even if it’s cold or raining. We limit play to the porch when the weather is bad.
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 2:00 Nap Time
2:00 – 3:30 Snack/Free Play Time
3:30 – 5:30 Older brothers come home and they play together until dinner. (Especially helpful for mom so that I can prepare dinner!)
5:30 – 6:30 Dinner
6:30 – 7:30 Family Time
7:30 – 8:00 Bath/PJ’s/Brush Teeth/Story Time/Bedtime
So, you can see from our “schedule” that things are fairly go with the flow. We try to keep a rough schedule going because it keeps us all entertained and focused. We are pretty relaxed when it comes to our day to day basis and even more so on the weekends. Over time things will become more structured until he reaches school age when we will evaluate our next steps.
Always keep in mind that all children develop at different rates and what works for my child may not work for yours. Also, it might! Just try new things until you figure out what fits your family best.
I would love to know, what are some of your favorite “homeschool” activities to do with your toddler? We are always looking for new things to try! One of our all time favorite ways to get our little one outdoors is by camping!