Best Curriculum for a Six Year Old
From a dear local Mom:
“Hi Julie, I’m in Cincinnati and regularly follow your blog posts and was wondering how you structure homeschool so it will be fun? My son is six and we’re jumping back into school gradually (using your method of focusing on one thing at a time) but he’s already saying he hates school and sighs when I just bring out the little math book and ask that we only work on it for five minutes.
“I keep reading things about how to make school fun—you should use your imagination, go for walks, implement school in all sorts of ways, etc. but my brain doesn’t work like that and I’m not very creative. I like to sit down, go through a structured list, and check the things off that we need to do.
“As a result I feel like there’s a big divide between his learning style and my teaching style and I’m wondering how to get past that…. Do you have any thoughts or blog posts that you can direct me to as to how to bridge this gap? Do you run into parents that are able to find a happy medium without feeling like a failure every time their child complains? Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide. ” (Cincy Mom)
Hi Cincy Mom!
The best curriculum for a six year old is face paints and dress up clothes.
Read aloud to him.
Go to the art museum here. Use this post as a guide to how to enjoy art together.
Sign up for zoo passes and all fall, go once a week.
Visit the library every single week. Let him pick out story books, you pick out books, you create times to read together on the couch, you have poetry teatimes with him.
Count cracks in the sidewalk, blue houses, red cars, all the jellybeans he can hold in his two hands at once, cups of sugar to bake muffins.
Play with Playdoh—make all the lowercase letters of the alphabet. Now make all the uppercase. Say the sounds as you do and try to make every sound seem like an animal is saying it. Or every Star Wars character.
Buy Lego sets.
Take nature walks in the woods. Find a field guide and look for birds to match.
Jot down the incredibly cute things he says to you and read them back to him later in the day or to his dad in front of him.
Play with pencils and pens and crayons and white boards and paints. See what it feels like to write in big sloppy ways and small careful ways. Using a big paintbrush with water: write names on the hot concrete, and little messages as they vanish in the sun and read them to him. Make pictograms and see if he can guess your messages to him.
Put away the workbooks.
Put away the schedule.
Be with your son the same ways you have been since he was born. If you homeschool, get rid of “school” and focus on home. Add brownies.
Read as much as you can here.
If you want some support on how to make this journey, try our Jot It Down product. It will be the one thing that may save you from over-schooling at this tender age.
Let go. Relax. Trust. He’s so young. Be curious about the world in front of your son.
Hugs to you, conscientious Mama. You can do this.