Homeschool curriculum for my 4 year old

We started formal homeschooling this January and we love every minute of it. We don’t find it stressful at all and it’s so much fun. The best part is when we read something and we get an idea for a fun activity. For example, we went to a fair this weekend and Kabir got an idea that he wants to pretend that he is a news reporter and take notes. We had read a story about news reporter for school. It was so much fun. I had no idea that learning can be so much fun. I wish I was taught this way.

I am following Sonlight Homeschool curriculum. I love it and my son loves it too. The following is just right for my son – not too hard and not too easy.

Horizons Maths K – he does 1 chapter (2 pages) each day and I help him when needed.
Language Arts 1 with Readers 1 – we do just 6 spellings each week as I feel that’s enough for him. If he needs to write something that requires more than couple of sentences, I ask him to dictate it to me.
P4/5 Read-Alouds, Science and Social Studies – my husband does Science and Social Studies with him and I do the rest.
Sahaja Meditation – we follow Sahaja Yoga Meditation. So, we have come up with the following lessons for my son.

Monday: Color the Chakra with the right color and note the number of petals and pin it in the appropriate place on the subtle system chart. Then, we do the foot-soak (we put a teaspoon of kitchen salt into a little tub of lukewarm water, enough to soak the feet just above the ankle) while watching a video of Shri Mataji. Recite the appropriate mantra and affirmation for that Chakra.

Tuesday: Color the picture of the deity for that Chakra and pin it in the appropriate place on the subtle system chart. Then, we do the foot-soak while watching a video of Shri Mataji. Recite the appropriate mantra and affirmation for that Chakra.

Wednesday: Read a story about the deity of that Chakra. Then, we do the foot-soak while watching a video of Shri Mataji. Recite the appropriate mantra and affirmation for that Chakra.

Thursday: Sing bhajans. Then, we do the foot-soak while watching a video of Shri Mataji. Recite the appropriate mantra and affirmation for that Chakra.

Friday: Write a small prayer (whatever he wants to pray for) in the journal and draw around it in the journal. Then, we do the foot-soak while watching a video of Shri Mataji. Recite the appropriate mantra and affirmation for that Chakra.
Yoga – we use the Kids’ Yoga Deck to do yoga about 3-4 times a week.
Art & Craft – once a week
Drawing – once a week
Kumon Coloring Book – once a week. I like the way it’s building his coloring skills one step at a time.
Cooking: My son makes dinner every Friday. The menu includes very simple stuff like sandwiches and salads.
He attends a gym class in Wellness center and a music class with Ms. Coutoumanos. We have a book club for kids once a week. In summer, he will join baseball and swimming.

We are done with school work by naptime most days from Monday through Thursday. After that we have loads of free time to play.

Equipping Kids with Stress Handling Tools for a Brighter Future

As a parent, it’s our job to see that our kids are equipped with all the necessary tools that they might need for a brighter future. For example, we need to make sure that our kids are educated. It helps if our kids have a dream so that we can help them and support them to pursue their dreams. We need to make sure that we train them with social etiquettes so that they have a pleasant personality.

However, everywhere in this world – school, college, work, relationships, home – they will face a certain degree of stress no matter what. Dealing with stress is the most important issue a human being faces and this is the most neglected area in the childhood.

To start with, here’s what I can try…

Teach my child to meditate – helps to revitalize the brain and get centered. Initially, when we sit for meditation we have lots of thoughts and it is very hard to be still. It’s easier to keep moving and thinking because then we are not with ourselves. We are terrified of being with ourselves. But eventually we learn that it’s nice to just enjoy our own company. Meditation is the only thing that can teach my kids to enjoy their own company. Hence, they are never lonely and have an attitude of “everything is all right”.

Give my child gift of spirituality – Feeling God’s love is the only thing that will not let us feel insecure and unloved. Hence, it’s important to teach kids how to pray. God is the supreme source of help, guidance and love.

Yoga/Exercise – Every kind of exercise and/or Yoga is not only good for health but is always a stress reliever. So, it helps if we can get kids in the habit of some kind of exercise every day just like brushing and saying prayers.

Controlling temper and emotions – go to a quiet place and just cry or be angry as much as you want. Once you feel you have calmed down, come back to the world. This can be a priceless habit! It’s important to learn that it’s not all right to explode like a bomb just because you are angry or emotional. Share your emotions and anger but in a civilized way.

All this is easier said than done, hence we need to keep trying …

3 Year old Preschool Curriculum for my son

My son is being home schooled right now. He is three and a half years old and his curriculum includes the following.

Reading Books: I love Sonlight P3/P4 curriculum as we are reading quality books and also, we do some of the suggested optional activities for each book in the reading list. We read Nursery Rhymes once a week. We participate in a book club once a week.

Activity Books: I have him working on 5-6 types of activity books at a time. I let my son do a page from each in a day. I like Kumon and BrainQuest Activity books. I have following types of activity books that he has been working on: dot-to-dot, mazes, tracing, cutting, folding, coloring, thinking skills, sticker books, and so on. We do these 3 days a week.

Reading Lesson: We are working with “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons“. Teaching my son to read has been a cake-walk because of this book so far. The best part is that he is enjoying it thoroughly. Continue reading 3 Year old Preschool Curriculum for my son

Activity list for my 3 Year old

Here are few activities that are favorites of my 3 year old. Here’s the list of children activities he did when he was younger. I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to recommend more types of activities that I can do with my son.

  • Reading Books

    This is one of the favorite activities. There is a glitter in my son’s eyes as soon as I suggest that I will read to him. We still get lot of books from the library.

  • Household Chores

    I let my son help me with following household chores:
    putting clothes in washing machine,
    taking out clothes from dryer,
    transferring cutlery from dishwasher to the cutlery drawer,
    arranging table mats and cutlery for everyone on the table before meals,
    cooking where fire is not involved such as salads, cake batter and so on,
    raking leaves in the fall and helping his father in yard work.

  • Activity Books

    I have him working on 5-6 types of activity books at a time. I let my son do a page from each in a day. I like Kumon and BrainQuest Activity books. I have following types of activity books that he has been working on: dot-to-dot, mazes, tracing, cutting, coloring, tracing uppercase, thinking skills, sticker books, big fat comprehensive activity books and so on.

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Recommended Children’s Books for 3 Year olds

My son is 3 year old and his favorite books are: