Monday, 12 September 2011

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Planning Ahead in Child Development

As Joshua gets older, I am seeing my own inadequacies. I am increasing finding the need to revisit my old Science and Maths textbooks to refresh my conceptual understanding. Boy, having a second childhood playing and discovering Montessori with Joshua is great fun... but having to "go back to school" is no fun...

What is it with school system that is so dreadful and boring? The joy of learning at home from toddlerhood should continue to childhood at school.

I've got to find a way to make school fun for Joshua and most importantly - for myself - since we will be going on this journey together... until the day he is independent.

Increasingly, the Montessori activities and lessons that I am preparing is including Maths and Science lessons underneath all the fun. With a bat of eyelid, Joshua is already 2.5 years old, and I am beginning to notice that he is showing increasing interest on his own in Maths and Science without any pressure from me and the ability to focus and concentrate. I've got to capitalize on his interest and passion now. He told me the other day, that mommy had money to buy things, but Joshua did not have any money. He had a lof of fun learning about floating and sinking objects. I need to be able to explain a little more, during the activities. I need to plan ahead, so that when Joshua is ready, I am ready too.

People ask me how I manage to spend the 6 weeks of annual leave I have. I actually don't have a single day to waste. I use my annual leave to take time to reflect and plan Joshua's development programme, like I am doing now in the wee hours of the morning.

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