It’s week 2 of homeschooling with our new curriculum; focusing on character education. It’s summer all year round in Singapore so I thought we’d skipped the break, and head straight on. I’m hoping to cover as much as I can before the baby arrives in October. Then, I’m pretty sure Hannah will have ample time for free play.
For the first week, we covered the creation story while focusing on the character trait: orderliness. Hannah fondly remembers the mobile we did last year, and requested if we could make another one this time round. And so we did.
As we moved on to number counting, the little girl remembered counting apples on our apple tree posters, that I made early last year. She was then 22 months. I had kept extra copies of the apple tree (from ABC Jesus Loves Me’s 2-Year Curriculum) and decided to let her paste paper flowers on the trees. You can get the punches at $2 from Daiso.
This was one impromptu go-along activity with the book “Chicka Chicka 1,2,3”. (See our other Chicka Chicka activities here)
As I watched Hannah paste her flowers, I recalled reading posts by other homeschoolers on ABCJLM’s forum on whether certain activities would be too easy for their children since they already knew their numbers, shapes and colours. And if they should be doing a more advanced exercise.
I’ve come to realise that sometimes we, as parents, overcomplicate things. Through these two activities with Hannah, I’ve come to understand that it’s okay to let the children have activities that aren’t challenging. The activities that they find joy and bring memories are the ones they’ll enjoy most (or is it the other way around?)
As a homeschool mom, I totally understand their concerns and the need for a child to be challenged to develop his skills. In my opinion, however, instead of focusing solely on developmental progress, it’s alright to incorporate activities that they have no problems completing. Just let them have some fun! Moreover, it serves as a good recap for them.
Don’t we enjoy doing things that are easy and fun too?