Homeschooling Jared: Lessons On Shapes

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the little man sorting through his box of shapes

Little toddlers can be quite tricky to teach. For one, it is really quite difficult to engage their short attention span when they chose to be occupied with too many things at the same time. That is why I really make the most of those opportunities when the little man is showing keen interest on learning. Just like last week when he showed particular curiosity on the would-be shapes lesson I’ve earlier prepared for him! I cut out big papers and various shapes in small sizes in advance. I places the little shapes in a box. Jared chose a big shape to work on and he will search for the similar little shapes in the box to paste onto the bigger shape.

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working with the glue stick

The little man enjoys this activity and I was surprised that he can now use a glue stick on his won. He was able to finish our circle lesson with just a little help from mum. After which, he was again occupied with some other things. This time he was bathing Iron Man with the different shape cut-outs instead of sorting and gluing them. Oh well, maybe we’ll just finish the rest of the shapes next time!  😀

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enjoying his shapes lesson

For this lesson, I used materials that are readily available at home including:

  • several pieces of colored paper
  • glue {if you are buying one, choose something that is easy enough for the kiddos’ stubby fingers to use}
  • a pair of scissors
  • stuff around the house which you can use to trace some shapes like circles {coins} and stars
  • a box {i used a toy box} to put the little cut out shapes where your little one can sort through
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teaching the little man with materials easily found at home

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I never miss the chance to teach my little man anything I can whenever an opportunity presented itself. There are numerous stuff around the house that we can use to work on Jared’s hand-eye coordination skills ~ pasta, macaroni, various re-purposed containers in different sizes, I’ve got an assortment of them here at home. Anything to get those little, grubby hands busy, really! + these cute pink rubber stamps are just one of them.

I originally bought these to adorn my postcards but it turned out to pique the little man’s interest so the stamps are now kept safe together with his other tot school stuffs. He use the tiny blocks to make several towers by stacking them one top of the other, or to make a choo-choo train by arranging them up in a straight line. We also count them all up or I ask him to name the items found on each rubber block on other occasions. I just simply let his imagination run wild as he plays!

Homeschooling our tots need not burn a whole in our pockets, we just need a little imagination + a handful of creativity! I will share more about our tot schooling fun next time, or see more of Jared in action with these rubber stamps on this Kids in Doodles post! 🙂

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homeschooling resources online

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Ever since I became a mum, I have always been fascinated about homeschooling + dreamed of homeschooling my little man one day. I do not know much about educating little children, all I know is that I am a mum who would love to teach her little one way before he goes to the big school, to teach him the essentials + the basics at home before he learns it from other people. + hopefully, I can home school him through out his elementary school days!

I have witnessed a number of parent-homeschooler in the EXPO Kid last month + I have really been moved by their passion + yearn to do the same for my kiddo. Jared is almost 3, + I believe that now is probably the right time we start our little home school. + I am doing my homework + checked out loads of homeschooling resources online just to get a bird’s eye view of how it truly works and, simply put, to know where to start + know which things to teach my little tot!

I have stumbled upon these very interesting sites which I shall be sharing with you in the future. They have loads of posts, instructions, tips + free printables to aid our homeschooling journey. One even has a blow-by-blow account of how their homeschooling go about in a day just to give her readers a clear picture of how interesting + amusing it is to educate your children by yourself + I am loving every bit of this! I am really having information-overload + is just overwhelmed at the amount of things to do + learn. But, I do hope I will be able to get over the initial shock + jump-start our class very soon. Thank goodness for the world wide web, it has been a goldmine for relevant information on blogging, motherhood, + a whole lot more. Now I am learning all these new things on homeschooling too, + I do not even need to spend money on homeschooling books so I can spend it on other important things like homeschooling supplies! 😉

As a minor preparation, I bought a few arts ‘n crafts supplies the last time we visited the bookstore a few weeks back. I got the little man a new set of crayons, a bunch of cute soccer ball erasers {which he now plays + counts + puts on his toy cars as passengers sometimes, too!}, a pair of blue safety scissors for the little hands to get busy + a drawing book where he can create numerous doodles when he feels like it!

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