I’ve had a lot of people ask me how do I create my lesson for my son. It can be intimidating to create an effective lesson plan for your child, but with the right mindset and drive creating and executing activities can be as easy as 1-2-3. So without further ado, these are some tips and tricks to help you Prep-Plan-Execute an effective lesson plan.
This week my son and I worked on the letter A. To have a variety of lessons, I planned a total of 10 interactive activities for the entire week. Each chosen activity will help reinforce and learn more about the letter A. I know ten activities seem like a lot of work, but these activities should be interchangeable for future lessons.
Tip one: Follow your child’s cues. What is peaking your child interest? Do they pretend to read or write? What actions of yours are they mimicking? Often our children tell us what they are and are not ready to learn. Use this to determine what lesson you will begin working on next. My son would sing songs like A is for a-a-a-alligator, B is b-b-b-ball, hinting to me that he was starting to recognize that letters made sounds and that letters make words. A simple song has led us to embark on this journey of learning all the letter sounds of the alphabet.
Tip two: What are your child’s interests and favorite toys? Do they like TV characters and which ones? Knowing these things will help you build engaging activities specifically for your child. There is nothing worse than spending time creating an activity that does not hold your child’s attention. Take notice of what motivates your child! Does your child like to get outside and run around? Do they like desk work? Use this to help create the environment in which you will teach your child. My son is very active so, scavenger hunts and races motivate him to learn more.
Tip three: Know and understand your child’s strengths and areas of difficulty. Understanding what your child is a master at and where they can improve will aid you in determining if you are pushing your child too hard or not hard enough. Be honest and open about what your child is telling you and about their strengths and difficulties. Give extra attention to areas of difficulty.
Tip four: ALL HANDS ON DECK! Make it fun to use textile letters, paints, Play-Doh, Slime, and other toys. Let your child get their hands dirty. Touch is a VERY IMPORTANT part of the learning process. With that in mind, DO NOT GO FOR BROKE ON TOYS AND LEARNING TOOLS. Purchase toys and learning tools that can be used in many different activities. DO NOT spend hundreds of dollars on “tailored made” learning kits. No child learns the same so, no child should be taught the same.
Kids all learn at different levels, and that’s okay! That’s what makes them BRILLANT! Instead, take a look at learning kits that catch your eye. Pull out pieces that you like, and create a cheaper and more effective version that works for you and your child.
Tip five: Are you having fun? It already takes so much to be a parent. No one said you can’t have fun too. Make activities that you enjoy to teach and you and your child can enjoy together. If you aren’t enjoying your self chances are neither is your kid!
Tip six: Don’t be afraid to modify things you already have or find. Let’s face it not everything we find is going to work! Sometimes things we purchase seem like a good idea at the time just to later realize that the item isn’t as effective as we’d like. If you can’t return it or you can find a use for it by changing it around “put those craft skills to work”. I purchased a wooden alphabet puzzle and maybe it was my brand loyalty that made me get it but once I bought it home I realized it made no sense for a child learning their alphabet. Instead of tossing it out, I made some changes, and BOOM new effective learning tool.
Tip Seven(PRO-TRICK): Now that you’ve established what you’re going to focus on. You have picked out some learning tools and toys based on your child’s interest. Give all your activities a common theme. If you are working on counting, you could use cars as items count, use stop signs to help your child earn when to stop counting. Make numbered parking spaces for another activity on blank paper and have your child match numbered cars to the appropriate space.
QUESTION? Why is it so important to have so many activities?
ANSWER: Not all activities will work all the time. Allow yourself to have a backup plan. This will also help keep you Kiddo’s attention. New activities mean new fun!
Tip eight: Leaning tools and toys should be fun. Give your little one a brain break! Let them explore and play with the toys and tools you use for activities. This will let them explore how these toys work and the different ways they can be used. Who knows you might even get an idea of how to incorporate new uses in activities.
Tip nine: Write it down. We’re parents and our memory often fails us. Write down your activities in a planner each day should have at least three activities. Take notes on what’s working and what isn’t write down changes you think would help improve the activity. Keep your list of activities and add to it.
Tip ten: Talk to other parents. Bounce ideas off one another! Talk about what has worked for you and what has not. IT TAKES A VILLAGE.
To better help me execute my activities I keep all my worksheets, loose papers, and books in a folder. This makes it easy to grab in the morning and everything already together. The organization is KEY all of my most used learning tools, toys, and crafting items are all located and organized in easy to reach designated areas.
Make copies of worksheets and use them more than once!
Be okay with adjusting activities.
Complete the activity more than once. Use activities on more than one day. Repetition is your BFF!!
Check out my Mommie Must Have Page for my favorite learning tools and toys. https://siamommie.com/mommie-must-haves/
Photo Credit: Multishades Photography-Cary NC