As a mom of four children ages 22, 19, 17 and 16 months I figured out I’m going to homeschooling for 35 years! That’s a long time to be thinking about lesson plans and fun, educational learning. But this “second time around” I’ve discovered it’s never to early to start homeschooling.
Seeing the results has made me excited about experiencing learning with our new daughter … and I’ve realized it’s never too early to start. Here are some ways I’ve already started homeschooling 16-month-old Alyssa.
Singing. Alyssa loves to sing! Or rather to hear me sing. Don’t worry about your voice, belt it out, Mama. One evening John and I were driving home from a day trip and Alyssa was getting fussy. We started singing Sunday School songs and nursery rhymes … an hour passed without us repeating one song! Alyssa loved it. Now singing in the car is a tradition.
Signing. We first started teaching Alyssa sign language when she was eight months old. We started with three simple words, “more, milk, and all-done.” We’re adding a few more words every month. (It helps that my college-age daughter Leslie is minoring in sign language in college!) I found some great signing DVDs and books for me to use when Leslie isn’t around.
Chores. Okay, okay at 16-months old I’m not teaching my baby to do the laundry, but there are a few things we do. She helps me carry in items to set the table such as napkins, silverware, and sometimes plastic cups. She helps me pick up toys. She also helps me sweep. I got her a little broom and she does a great job at messing up the dirt pile I’m sweeping up, but that’s okay. I want her to think chores are fun! (This pays off later, I promise!)
Those are just a few ways I’ve started “homeschooling” already. I’ve learned over years that the best thing to do about homeschooling is to make learning part of life. I’m excited to share more learning joy with my daughter as she grows. What are your favorite things to do with your little one?