So, you decide on a topic. How do you decide? This is pretty easy. If you have a young child, look and see what topics are being covered by Elmo, Rachel Coleman, or even your local library. If your child is older, your state should have a list of standards for each grade level. The Common Core initiative actually has a list for every grade level in a variety of subject areas. I purused the Kindergarten list and got some ideas for things to do with Charlie.
Maybe you're still not sure. Here are a few questions to help you figure out what you want to teach your child:
- What are they already interested in?
- What types of things would you like them to know?
- What are typical kids doing?
So are you excited yet? Do you know exactly what you want to teach your child? If not, here are some suggestions for Units for young children. Please keep in mind, if your child isn't young physically, but is young mentally, then you might want to start with these things as well:
- Breakfast foods
- Barnyard animals
- Jungle animals
- Pond animals
- Animals around the house
- Ocean animals
- Transportation (we're starting this one tomorrow!)
- Action words
- Body parts
- Bed time
- Bath time