2 Year Old curriculum

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What is the most popular holiday in February? Valentine’s Day, of course! And there goes our curriculum’s theme for the first week of this month. Hopefully, our little kids can at least learn to identify heart shape, color red, say I love you and create a beautiful Valentines card for Dads!

Please see the chart below for this week’s teaching ideas. Just keep in mind that I created this chart based on how my little boy is developing, he is 2 years and 5 months old as I am writing this. The list maybe a bit overwhelming for some kids who just recently turned 2 years old or the topics could be too less for those who are older. Feel free to change the curriculum based on your little sweetheart’s development. After all, moms know best! Good luck!

Just a little note on the side, I only included three days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) to allow my son to play freely or choose whatever he wants on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If given a chance, we will repeat what we have learned the previous day. And remember to have fun!

“VALENTINE’S DAY THEME” 1st week of February 2018
CORE CURRICULUM MONDAY TUESDAY FRIDAY
1. Readiness Skill
a)Colors red, yellow, black
b)Shapes heart, circle, crescent
c)Letters/Phonics A, B, C
2. Science
a) Body Parts knees, elbow
b) Animals alligator, butterfly, caterpillar
3. Arithmetic 1, 2, 3
4. Writing trace 1, straight line, circle
5. Music guitar, twinkle twinkle little star
6. Social studies say first name, say mommy&daddy
7. Arts and crafts Valentine’s Day Card
8. Physical Ed
a)Fine motor spaghetti and straw
b)Gross motor hop like a bunny
9. Additional:
a) Bible God made water and sky/ pray God made water and sky/ pray God made water and sky/ pray
b) Manner say I love you and thank you say I love you and thank you say I love you and thank you
c) Personal Care put dirty clothes in laundry basket put dirty clothes in laundry basket put dirty clothes in laundry basket
d) Reading at night Press (book of the week) Press (book of the week) Press (book of the week)
e) Field Trips weekends eat in a Pier Restaurant to see a cruise ship
f) Snack Ideas eat something red and/or yellow; use red and/or yellow utensils eat something red and/or yellow; use red and/or yellow utensils eat something red and/or yellow; use red and/or yellow utensils
Figure A. Color (yellow, black, red) sorting and teaching shapes (crescent, circle, heart)
Figure 1B. Letters & Phonics – play with LeapFrog Magnetic Letters focusing on ABC
Figure 2B. Letters & Phonics – print outs and toys matching games that start with A, B, C
Figure 3B. Letters & Phonics – apple, banana, carrot matching games
Figure C. Animals – matching games

monday

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Phonics & reading:

 COLORS & SHAPES

 My son and I cut out crescent, circle and heart shapes using red, yellow and black construction papers (Figure A). This is actually me cutting most of the time and he watching me. But at the same time, I gave him the scisscor (appropriate for toddlers) and let him play with a paper. This way both of us are having fun. Once we have the cut out shapes, I asked him “what color is this and what is the shape?”. At first, I told him what shapes and colors the objects are and then I let him repeated what I just said. I used a tape to stick the same colors of construction papers in the window. Afterwards, we correspondingly taped the cut out shapes. I showed him to do it at first and allowed him to mimic what I’ve  done afterwards.

LETTERS

For teaching the letters ABC, we played with his toy LeapFrog  Fridge  Phonics Magnetic Letter Set (Figure 1B). At first, I asked him to identify each letter, focusing on ABC, before playing wih the toy. Additionally, we played matching games with print outs that start with letters ABC and his toys (Figure 2B). Moreover, we played the same game with apple, banana and carrot (Figure 3B).

Here are some ideas for Science:

BODY PARTS

While eating his snacks, i showed him where my knees and elbows are for few times. And he happily mimicked me! Also, I told him to bend his knees and hop like a bunny, since he was playing with his bunny/ rabbit finger puppet. And of course, I kept emphasizing where our knees are.

ANIMALS

Identifying animals  is my little boy’s favorite game. For this week, we played matching games again using  print out or card to match with  my son’s animal toys (Figure C). We focused on alligator, butterfly and caterpillar since he is still having a hard time to pronounce those words.

wednesday

WEDNESDAY

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Arithmetic:

Although my kid loved the color matching game and can identify numbers 123, I have to teach him how to count objects from 1 to 3. This is somehow new for him, but after repetition, he got it eventually, hooray! We just simply used the cups from his kitchen set and some straw (Figure D). I added the numbers by myself in the cup.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Writing:

I have included writing, as I based it in HandsOnHomeschooling website. I also read that kids at age 2 can already start tracing straight lines while the elder kids at age 3 can trace zigzag and curve. So my goal for this week is for my little boy  to trace a straight line (Figure 1E and 2E). He can already create a beautiful circle if I give him a crayola and paper and that is why circle is additionally included in this week’s curriculum.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Music:

My mom-in-law gave my son a Melissa and Doug guitar (Figure F) and my son loves it. It is really cute! So, I let him played this week with the guitar (just mostly strumming the strings) and learned “twinkle twinkle star” nursery rhyme.

Here is the lyrics and actions for twinkle twinkle little star.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Traditional)
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,  (wave fingers in the air)
How I wonder what you are!  (shrug shoulders)
Up above the world so high,  (hand to forehead and look into sky)
Like a diamond in the sky!  (make diamond with fingers)
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,  (wave fingers in the air)
How I wonder what you are!  (shrug shoulders)

Figure D. Arithmetics – matching games using cups and straws
Figure 1E. Tracing straight lines
Figure 2E. Tracing number 1  which only contains straight line
Figure F. Music- playing with guitar
Figure G. Arts – making a heart shape from my son’s footprints
Figure H. Fine motor skills – inserting spaghetti into a straw

friday

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Social Studies:

For this week our goal is to ask him repetitively “What is your name” and let him answer.  Also, to repetitively call me and my husband “mommy and daddy” respectively.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Arts and Crafts:

There are tons of beautiful Valentine’s Day crafts! It was so hard for me to pick since there are at least five crafts that I wanted to do with my son. But of course, we don’t have that much time (while juggling teaching with cooking and cleaning), I have to pick my favorite. We made a heart shape using my son’s footprint in a cardboard for Daddy’s card. We pasted the cut out footprint in a paper, wrote “I love you dad” and framed it (Figure G). So easy and fast to do! To prevent so much mess from the painting, my son and I made the footprints in the bathroom floor just before taking a bath.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Physical Education:

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

My son enjoyed our fine motor skills activity this week which is just simply inserting the spaghetti inside a straw (Figure H). This is really a great way to improve his fine skills and he had so much fun! Just remember to always be present when he is holding the spaghetti and straw to prevent poking the eyes.

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

Gross motor skills include running and jumping. So for this week, we sang the nursery rhyme “Hop, hop, hop like a bunny, hop, hop, hop like a bunny, hop, hop, hop like a bunny, hop like a bunny, hop hop hop!” while we bend our knees and hop.

ADDItional

Spread throughout the week:

Bible/ Reading at night:

We read Bible nightly together with the rest of his books (including the book of the week – Press). I am also telling him stories about how God created the water and sky. Whenever, we are walking in our neighborhood, I show him where the sky is and tell him that God created the sky. At the same time, whenever we take baths, I repetitively tell him that God gave us water.

Manner and personal care:

It is never too early to teach our kids how to say “I love you and thank you”. And although cleaning up toys is not my son’s favorite thing to do, he gladly puts his dirty clothes in our laundry basket.

Field Trip:

Cruise ship starts with “C” and we are studying C this week, and so we went to a restaurant close where the Cruise ship docks. He had fun while pointing and saying “cruise ship or boat”!

Snack Ideas:

To learn and reinforce the colors red and yellow, we have used his red and yellow utensils throughout the week. I asked him “what color is your spoon, cup and bowl one by one” (Figure I). We also tried to eat red and yellow colored foods like strawberries, beets, bananas and cheese.

More ideas for red foods – apple, raspberry, watermelon, radish, beets, tomatoes, red bell pepper,

More ideas for yellow foods – mangoes, pineapple, lemon, yellow squash, gold potatoes, yellow bell pepper

And there you go moms! Let me know how this curriculum works for you!

-Krista

Figure I. Using red utensils to reinforce learning color red

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