Home Learning

 

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

Frequently asked:

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.

Please use the comment box below to give feedback.

Thank you for reading love Mac & Mummy x

Smile It’s Infectious

 

 

In our home a smile is ALWAYS welcome!

I learnt from early on in motherhood that a smile on my face and a positive spirit meant a smile on Caris face. He is such and impressionable child with such a beautiful smile – I prayed he would have a beautiful smile throughout my pregnancy and God heard me. 

Try, try and try to capture your smiles together –  yes I said it lol – taking plenty of #selfies of you and you little ones is a must! I say that because I find it’s never done me any harm scrolling through my photo gallery and admiring the smiles Cari and I have shared together. It brings us right back to that joyful moment and when we are looking at the pictures together it always gives us something to talk about. We re-visit our memories which helps me as his mum, to realize how much he actually remembers. You’ll be amazed at the things your child will tell you lol. 

Research confirms that the first five years are particularly important for the development of the child’s brain, and the first three years are the most critical in shaping the child’s brain architecture. Early experiences provide the base for the brain’s organizational development and functioning throughout life. They have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities.
Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life. They need love and nurturing to develop a sense of trust and security that turns into confidence as they grow. 

Life comes with challenges and although they are days when a smile is not the first facial expression that comes to mind I only have to look at him to realize I have a reason to smile. He has taught me to always look at the best in every situation, good or bad and learn to keep a positive attitude.  A Smile Is The Best Make Up Any Girl Can Wear – Marilyn Monroe

Lets all smile together Queen Mums! 

After all our babies are watching and imitating our behaviors.