Sam is only two, with school a concept he’s never had to consider. School starts next week for children in our city, while our days will continue on as they are.
I don’t like curriculum, or feel that it’s appropriate for a child Sam’s age. I know he can learn everything he needs to know simply from being in the world. I find myself asking, though, what I can do to make sure that all the world has to offer him is available when he needs it.
How can I expose him to people and places outside of his family life?
How can I show him new ideas and concepts?
How do I respect his comfort level while challenging him?
And how the heck do I motivate myself in all this?
I’ve got a few ideas.
We can visit the museum and the children’s gallery more frequently. There he can see art and also create it, and there are plenty of toys if he just wants to play. His membership is free and we can take the bus there and back for $2.50 total.
We can go to the zoo. We have a membership so it only costs us the gasoline to drive there.
We can read more. Lately I’ve been suggesting a book whenever Sam is not busy playing. He says no about half the time, but I think it’s good that he make his own decisions. And he says yes the other half!
We can start going to story hour at the library, as soon as I find out which libraries have story hours where he is welcome (they all seem to have age limits). I’m hoping there will be one in walking distance, but if not the Metro goes to the main branch or we can park there for $1.
We can go to the park more frequently. He loves the playground SO MUCH and it is only 1.3 miles away. I have no excuse for not walking there with him more often.
We can cook together. He loves to use his Cutting Food when I prepare dinner, and we should do it more frequently.
As for me, I will have to spend less time knitting and on my computer, and more time getting myself moving. It sounds so easy when I put it like that, but just showering can be a real challenge for me some days. I wake up slowly and most days the morning is gone before I know it. I resolve to really use the mornings more frequently, even if it hurts.
But not until I recover from the cold. It is really and truly kicking my butt. Maybe while I recover you could tell me about your favorite things to do with your children (if you’re a parent) or your favorite memories of things you did with your parents. Need not be “educational” as long as you enjoy(ed) it!
Thanks to Stefani whose lovely post inspired this one.