One of my favorite activities I have added to my life as a mom is “homework time” with my 3-year-old. It started a few months ago when my daughter saw her older cousin doing his homework, and she said she wanted to do homework too. So, now we do “homework” together about 4-5 days a week. Don’t worry, this is not (and should not be) a stressful time; it is a time to make learning fun, and a time for her and me to be together without interruptions from her baby sister.
The most important part of “homework time” is giving my daughter choice. She chooses if we do it, what we do, and how long we do it. This is what a typical “homework time” will look like:
I will ask my daughter if she wants to do “homework time” after she awakes from her nap (and her sister is still asleep). If she says yes, I get out 2 to 3 activities from which she can choose when nap time is over. (This is where you have some control. You can get out the activities you want your child to work on!) After her nap, she chooses an activity, and we work on it together until she decides to do something else. There are many days that she will choose to do several “homework” activities in a single sitting. I just allow her to keep going until she wants to do something different. A session usually lasts from 20 to 40 minutes, but she worked for an hour and a half the other day!
Here are a few activities we like to do:
Picking up and moving beads with tweezers (builds strength in writing fingers)
Workbook Pages (Brain Quest is her favorite.)
Scissor Skills (Follow this link for free online practice sheets: http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/miscellaneous/scissor_skills.htm)
Computer Education (Her favorite is abcmouse.com)
There are many, many more activities we do together, and we are always adding new ones. Just remember to always be an active participant and keep activities light and fun. You will be amazed at how much and how fast your toddler can learn! Plus, you create a time where you can bond with your child in a constructive way. Have fun!