Hey Queen Mums,
As some of you may already follow us on social media you may have noticed Macario loves exploring and learning new things, this means I get to learn lots of new things too lol at my big age!
People often ask questions and I have taken time to answer them. Please see Q&A section below.
Just going to give a brief background as to our early learning and development journey. Macario started nursery part-time (3 days a week) at 9months. This was mainly because I had separation anxiety and wanted to make sure he would be ok with other people before I returned to work on a full time basis. Obviously he was absolutely fine and in the trusted care of his key worker ect. So, I bit the bullet and at 13 months he was attending nursery full-time so I could go back to work. He had learnt how to walk by 10 months and I was extremely happy at what the interaction with his peers was doing for his development. I kind of felt like I was missing out because he was reaching new milestones almost every week and decided it was time to bring nursery home lol like LITERALLY our home begun to transform into a nursery.
I feel the step I took meant I was now working in partnership with the people who cared for him the most and it meant that Macario was able to continue to learn and strive in both environments.
I try not to put any pressure on him as I want learning to remain a fun and interactive time for both of us. I let him lead me and on most occasions he will complete a few tasks and tell me “mummy I’m finished now” with that said he gets rewarded with a sticker of his choice and lots of praise and encouragement – I love telling him how proud I am.
After spending money to buy resources I decided it was cheaper and in fact more fun (Macario loves helping) to make them ourselves. Please see pictures below
Q: How do you get your son to sit down and concentrate?
A: I start by telling him during whatever he may be doing that when he’s finished we’re going to do some work and learn something new. This gets him mentally prepared, that way I’m not just removing him from maybe playing with his trains or watching his favourite television program. During this time I’m setting up what I want to go through with him and more times than none his interest in what I’m setting out reels him in and the questions begin lol now I have his attention and we are ready to go. If the TV was on I mute it or turn it off so we can talk to each other.
Q: Where do you get the resources you teach him with?
A: I buy some and I make most lol it’s so much cheaper to do so and that way it’s also tailored for your child. For example the handwriting mats below is tailored to help him write his name, I laminated it so he can use it again and again, saves paper and saves trees too! If you have a access to a printer then you’re just a few clicks of the keyboard away to be honest.
Q: How long will it take to get my child to understand what I’m teaching them?
A: I say as long as it takes to be honest, you just have to be patient and consistent in your teaching. Make it as fun as possible so your child doesn’t feel like it’s a chore, I find that Macario learns better when he feel we’re just having fun together. If he gets something wrong I make a joke and ask him if that looks right to him, rather than telling him it’s wrong, it gives him the opportunity to correct himself and give me the opprtunity to praise him instead of nagging with my correction tips lol. I hope that makes sense.
I have put together a few pictures of learning resources I use to teach Macario.
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Thank you for reading love Mac & Mummy x