I'm thinking that I like the 2 years of Kindy format that I've noticed some people do. A K4 and K5 year. My little guy likes "school" and we love teaching him, but I'm looking for ways to expand beyond Early Academics.
How would you plan the two years? Do you have broad over-arching objectives for each year or do you have a "pre-1st" objective? I want him to make it to 1st grade eager to learn, so that's my main thing right now. Build a sense of wonder about the world and protect the love of learning.
I want to keep him moving and growing. We love the Kumon books on cutting/pasting/mazes/tracing and while we do some academics, I'd like to build a "Circle time/Learning routine" that is less book-based and not as academic-centric as it currently leans.
I'm a planner. Even when they don't work out precisely,I need a spine/platform to work from. I'm thinking of putting him in lessons for sports and/or music, park days, field trips around the city. I want to keep the routine/habit of books, but I want to build a schedule that is less "Schooly" and more "learny" if that makes any sense.
Can anyone help me flip my thinking and get my mind outside of the box?
Please note that Hubby and I both work FT outside the home and our "just living" doesn't really include things that enrich a young child, so we like to have things planned and ready in the pipes that we can just pull out, so to speak.
It's far more likely that we'll go "cook something together" type activity with the kids, if there are things on hand to be cooked and those things don't require a boat load of prep on our part, and we manage to "just read" by keeping books always in arms reach and setting aside time each day to share books with our kids, but if it weren't a part of the schedule, then it wouldn't be likely to get done, etc.
I'm not one of those super moms who just make things happen, so yes, planning ahead and having a schedule and routine actually enables us to gets things done around here, even the "fun extras".