Homeschooling a toddler (18 months - 2 .5 years)
Since my son, Krish, turned 18 months and the world has turned upside down due to COVID-19, I have started homeschooling him and documenting this process through my instagram account.

Due to the pandemic, a big change has happened in our lifestyles namely -
  • Teachers have been replaced by parents.
  • Schools have been replaced by homeschooling.
  • Teaching sessions have been replaced by zoom: online sessions.
  • Friends have been replaced by toys/ screen time/ parents.
  • Outdoor play has been replaced by indoor play.
  • Homeschooling is the new normal and here to stay.

Methodology followed by eduKrish

We follow a mixed curriculum with an integrated approach - Montessori : play based approach, Reggio Amelia.

1) Inquiry based approach - a holistic learning approach inquire, interact, and inspire.
Inquiry-based learning is a form of active learning that starts by posing Wh questions : who / why / where / when / what. It contrasts with traditional education, which generally relies on the teacher presenting facts and his or her knowledge about the subject.
Check this product from JoGenii's collection that helps build curious learners.

2) Theme based learning
    Edukrish follows a thematic approach which means the we follow themes like-
    • me, myself, my school
    • colours,shapes and numbers through nursery rhymes,
    • farm animals, transportation and wild animals Etc.
    Each theme lasts for a maximum duration of 2-3 weeks.

    Transportation- landing of an airplanes
    Check out JoGenii's Transport theme collection, if you are looking for thematic play options:
    Colours all around us - discovering colour blue

    What to keep in mind when planning activities?

    While planning our daily activities, we keep in mind the 5 areas of development namely:
    • Cognitive
    • Communication and language
    • Self help skills
    • Social development
    • Physical development

    What a usual Homeschooling day comprises of?

    1) Circle time - We start of our morning session with singing, nursery rhymes along with musical instruments. The nursery rhymes we sing namely:
    A) good morning song
    B) Weather song
    C) Mr sun
    D) Days of the week song

    How Rhymes Benefit in Early Education
    • Improves Memory and Cognitive Development
    • Nursery rhymes are fundamentally patterns which can help children improve their recall and memorization skills
    • Rhyming Develops Literacy
    • Promotes Language Development
    • Encourages Social and Emotional Development
    Musical instruments
    Check JoGenii's collection for Little Musicians 

    2) Structured play : I plan different activities daily depending on the theme - so this activity is integrated into the theme: 🧩/1,2,3 / sorting and matching/ language games.
    These activities help to develop Cognitive and communication skills referring to thinking abilities. This will eventually help the child to process sensory information, learn to evaluate, analyze, categories, reason, compare, remember, recall information, understand cause and effect and problems.

    Some of the structured play activities that we have been doing are shown below.

    Numbers all around us : (numbers from 1 to 5)
    Learnings achieved :
    • Recognize numbers
    • Recognise number value (and they are merely not names)
    • Counting
    Check this product from JoGenii that is tried by us
    Learnings achieved:
    - Recognise colour names
    - Strengthens finger muscles
    - Visual discrimination ability

    Check JoGenii's similar product for color discrimination and finger muscle development :

    I-Spy Game
    Learnings achieved :
    • Boost speech
    • Aid verbalisation
    • Learn and model language skills

    Sort by shape
    Learnings achieved:
    • recognize shapes and their names
    • logical thinking
    • sharpen memory skills
    • strengthen finger muscles
    Check this sorting board on JoGenii

    3) Sensorial activities
    Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child's senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing.
    Sensory play facilitates exploration and naturally encourages children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.

    Truck Monster - sensory at its best with Pretend Mud
    Make Pretend Mud at home by mixing the following:
    • 2 table spoon- melted dark chocolate
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup water
    Exploring an Apple oats sensory bin
    • Sort the red 🍎 and the green 🍏.
    • Use a spoon to scoop oats into a small bowl
    • Explore senses- sense of taste to taste the Apple and sense of touch herd whole exploring the oats.

    Check JoGenii's messy play collection

    4) An art session: Art is a great form of expression. We plan art nearly everyday. Art depends on the current theme.

    Some of the art activities that we have been doing are elicted below.

    Creating foot prints on paper
    Easy peasy set up -
    • Paint
    • Tiger toy
    • Paper
    Egg rolling
    Easy peasy set up -
    • Paint
    • Boiled egg
    • Pre cut template of an egg

    5) Reading books and setting up stories : Cultivating the habit to read books from childhood is the best gift a parent can give his child. The child will have a friend forever. Reading aids language development.
      Some of the books that we love at Edukrish are shown below.

      Dear zoo
      We create a quick set up of creating a pretend zoo. While engaging with the different animals parents can introduce animal sounds.
      Identifying animal - While reading the Book, the child could name the animal on the page and then locate it in the box and place it on the book.
      • Recognise the animal by name
      • Follow 2 step instructions independently
      Story telling aids language development
      Check JoGenii's book collection here

      6) Activities that help to sharpen fine and gross motor
        Fine motor skill - Activities of rescues operation and playdough aids:
        • Fine motor skill development
        • Strengthening finger muscles
        Few of the fine motor activities that I found interesting on JoGenii

        Gross motor development : Gross motor (physical) skills are those which require whole body movement and which involve the large (core stabilising) muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing and walking, running and jumping, and sitting upright at the table.
        Engage kids in activities that promote ability to take care of oneself. Give your toddler an opportunity to choose his own socks and shoes. Even though they may not match.
        This activity aids:
        • Independence.
        • Confidence.!
        • Strengthens hand muscles.
        Clean up
        The Balance board and Wobble board on JoGenii are great for gross motor skills as well.

        Self - help development - cleaning up toys is an important part of self - help development as well as it is a important life skill. You can teach your toddler to clean up with a song -
        Clean up, Clean up
        It’s Time to put your toys /socks / shoes away
        Just like mama .. papa
        This activity aids in inculcating responsibility, value and respect.
        Edukrish is all about creating a love for learning. My aim is to develop and nurture curiosity in Krish such that he loves to learn and gain from new experiences.
        A child must develop a love for learning and the process of learning is important and not the end goal. So go have fun with your child!

        About the Author

        Arti Rohra is a former principal at a renowned international preschool in Singapore and doting mom to a 24 month old. She is passionate to create a love for learning in children. She holds a Bachelors in management studies and a 
        Montessori diploma in teaching.

        An educator by profession and a former principal of an international preschool managing over 100 children along with a team of 16 to 18 Teachers reporting into me, her family moved back to Mumbai when they conceived Krish.

        Since Krish turned 18 months, and the world turned upside down due to COVID-19, Arti started homeschooling him and documenting this process through her Instagram account handle @edukrish. She believes "Education is a very noble profession and I would love to share Krish’s experience with the children around the world."
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