Any help would be appreciated. Also, I will have a baby in the next couple weeks, so should I wait until the baby is born to start this schedule? Or start it right now?
Thank you so much.
Your child will always see you as his/her teacher. The best thing for you to do is give them that opportunity to learn and grow with children his/her age and supplement lessons when he/she is home with you.
After you added your additional details:
I completely see what you are saying now. I would recommend doing an hour or so a day. Make learning interactive and authentic. For example, teach counting as you are cooking. This makes learning fun. If your child starts to seem bored when you are teaching a lesson, don’t be afraid to stop. You don’t want him or her to detest school before he or she can even experience it. Every child is different. You may be able to teach much more than an hour. I truly believe learning begins at home, and it is painfully obvious as to which children were given informal lessons on writing, the alphabet, and numbers by their parents. These are the children who advance the highest in the school system because they are that much more prepared.
If you think you will be able to fit in an hour each day when you have your baby, you can definitely start now. Don’t ever push your child to learn though, as that can be very detrimental to his/her opinions about learning. Make it fun! I find that children love chalkboards. If you buy a small chalkboard, it can make learning to write very fun and exciting.