My Homemade Toddler Curriculum (Teaching Your Toddler Part 4 of 4)

This post is an expansion of my Teaching Your Toddler series.  The educating of your child is a lifestyle, something that is happening (whether we like it or not) each and every moment of our day.  In this series I’m planning on zooming in on the different parts of my toddler’s day and sharing what we’ve been doing together and why.  I’ll be sharing my results and then asking what you other mothers have been doing.  I’m sure we have a lot we can learn from each other!

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Alrighty…  *insert a little virtual rubbing of my hands together*  I’ve been looking forward to this post for a while now.  Let me start with a little disclaimer.

My child is just almost three.  I acknowledge that it’s quite early to introduce schooling, but I seriously can’t contain myself.  Gabriel is my oldest and, as a work-at-home Mom, I have the privilege of having plenty of time to spend with him.  So if your three year old is the fourth child in your household and you have a gazillion other things to worry about, this post may not be for you.  But for my family… why shouldn’t I start teaching him alphabet and numbers now if he’s ready for it and we have the time?

The guiding principles are these:  Recognize that this is an introduction to learning, not a strict 8-hour school day.  If your child’s getting bored, then stop.  If you’re getting frustrated, then stop.  Have fun and keep things in perspective.

That being said, here’s the first part of my homemade toddler teaching ‘curriculum’.  In my next post, I’ll take these goals and show you the actual methods of my madness.  We don’t go through every subject every day, of course.  Instead, I usually pick one or two things to work on that day.  Using the traditional school subjects as a guide, I wrote up most of these goals when Gabriel turned two.  I love the sense of direction it gives me as I work with him.

(Language Arts)

Be able to name all capital and lowercase letters

Know letter sounds

Develop a Love of Reading

(History)

Become familiar with the foundational Bible stories (Creation, Noah, Jonah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Jesus’ birth and death/resurrection)

(Music)

Introduce the love of Music (and listen to good stuff around the house regularly!)

Learn the liturgical (always repeated) songs we sing every Sunday

(Art)

Learn the names of basic colors

Beginning Pen Control

Learn the names of common shapes

Learn to color between the lines

 

(Science)

Common Animals and their Sounds

Basic habitats (farm, jungle, desert)

Basic Plant info (flowers, grass, trees, needing water and sunshine)

Body Parts

Human growth concepts (starting in Mommy’s tummy, growing from baby to child to adult)

(Math)

Be Able to Count to 10

Recognize numbers 1-10

Count fingers or objects in a row

(Faith –I actually think this should permeate all the subjects, but it helps to have a time to focus on only that as well.)

Begin Catechism

Memorize The Lord’s Prayer, Psalm 23, and commonly used verses (a joyful heart is good medicine, children obey your parents in the Lord, etc)

Have a basic understanding of baptism and communion

(Life Skills)

Be Potty-Trained during awake periods

Learn to sit through church quietly

Be able to play alone in bedroom for ½ hr

Excuse himself from the table before leaving

Bring dishes to the side of the sink

Speak clearly without whining even when frustrated

Treat the baby (and pets) gently

Help with basic house chores or meal prep

Yes sir/Yes mam’s and obeying quickly

Staying in his toddler bed until Mom comes to get him

Straighten the blanket on his bed after waking

Dressing/Undressing

Like I said, many of these he’s learned already, and some of them we still have a long way to go on, but it’s a good place to start.  Stay tuned for my next post when I’ll share my methods of achieving these goals.

Until then, did you see anything I missed?  I’d LOVE to hear from you.

14 thoughts on “My Homemade Toddler Curriculum (Teaching Your Toddler Part 4 of 4)

  1. cassandraperu says:

    I do not think your standards are too high. and am So glad you are using that sponge-like brain and filling it up with good things!! Keep on going! 😀

    I am constantly amazed at what little ones can actually learn! Here in Peru, children are put into “school” at age 3 or even less. BY the age of 3, they have actual exams that they have to pass throughout the year. The exams include for them (remember they are barely 3) colors, numbers over 10, basic words and phrases, occupations (fireman/policeman) and their jobs, and things of that sort (IN SPANISH AND IN ENGLISH). They have to know all the above in English as well as Spanish in order to pass. It is super intense and stressful, but the children do it. They are also required to present a science project (that the parents mainly do), but the child has to explain and present the project to the teacher (basic digestion, growth of animal from egg onward, etc). I am amazaed at how hard they push their little ones and what they require.

    • Wow! That is intense. Where I’m at, I feel like I’m being constantly viewed as ‘over-eager’ in the teaching department. I think kids are capable of far more than most people think. Thanks for commenting, Cassie!

  2. Mud Hut Mama says:

    I remember feeling that way last year when I started homeschool with my three year old. I anxiously awaited her third birthday and I think all of her gifts were homeschool related! I spent so much time planning all the fun things we would do. I hope you have a wonderful first year!

  3. cbonds1972 says:

    I would love to get email notifications from your blog (Which I love by the way, found you through “A Bowl Full Of Lemons”) is there a place for me to sign up? I couldn’t find it.

  4. Heidi says:

    Totally just printed off these objectives for my 3 and 2 year old… Again, I LOVE your blog! Stumbled across it on Pintrest. Will definitely share this with my girlfriends with kids. Thank you!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Looks great. I love this part of my binder…I also took their report cards from preschool and made goals for school, and homeschool, and goals for personal care. It’s just another measure for me to be aware of what I can do to help them (and have fun, too). They really appreciate the extra attention…I can just tell by all the love and hugs I get.

  6. Christy Johnson says:

    Just came upon your blog via lovehonorandvacuum. This is a great post! My oldest just turned three and although he has mastered many of the things you listed in this post, we have areas to catch up on. I really like how you’ve set out a “curriculum” with goals in various areas. My husband and I have wanted to set some more goals and vision for our son and I think that your post will be a good starting point.

  7. Topfivemum says:

    This is brilliant! I know you wrote this a whole ago, but it’s great inspiration for me with my 2 year old. Particularly since I’m going back to work in April and I’d really like my nanny to follow a structure like I’ve had – I had one, I just haven’t really written it down like you have. You’ve totally inspired me to set objectives for her and our daughter. If you don’t have goals, how can you have a roadmap to live by every day? Love your approach to home schooling. Thank you!

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