Apologies for my long absence. I was busy having my second baby (Masha’Allah!), helping Little Duck adjust, and hosting visitors. All that is done now. We are getting into more of a routine and I hope to be blogging more regularly. I had some awesome Ramadan activity posts planned – that are sitting in my drafts section – but they will have to wait until next Ramadan, Insha’Allah.
Before I had my baby boy, let’s call him Peanut, I decided it was important to create a twelve month plan for my daughter. I knew once I had him, I would be all over the place and wouldn’t have the time to give it as much thought. Not only that, a lesson I learned while teaching was the importance of taking the time to prep. Being prepared helps things run more smoothly and increases your chances of success. I definitely felt that my friends with older children thought I was being idealistic and naive. Maybe I am in over my head, but I think I owe Little Duck the effort. I just have to be adaptable and understand that I may not accomplish everything I have planned. I will consider myself successful if I get to a fraction of the activities and Little Duck is having fun and learning.
And so, the googling started in search of ideas and activities and I came across the concept of Tot School. The idea behind and the term came about from the following blog. There is a ton of information, free e-books, downloadable materials, and links to other blogs implementing Tot School at different stages. After reading through their introductory articles and learning more about Montessori at home, I had a more structured plan of what I wanted to accomplish with my daughter.
Basically, I found some 12 month plans of other moms and with ideas from Pinterest, Montessori blogs, and the Tot School blog, I came up with my own outline of general themes and topics to cover each month. I block out one night at the end of each week to plan the next using my outline. It’s pretty easy. I just go on to pinterest, search my topic, and pick an activity. Whatever I didn’t finish the week before, I roll over to the next and many of the Montessori activities are good for the entire month. It’s a work in progress and I hope to share my ideas and weekly lessons soon on the blog!
Please do share any ideas or good reads!