it never is too early to have 'school' with your child. I know that children are always learning, whether you are intentionally teaching or not. They are watching you, listening to you and learning from your attitudes, actions, habits & words. I try to keep that in mind at all times. Would it be okay if Raymond did what I'm doing? (watch what I'm watching.... read what I'm reading... eat what I'm eating...etc.) If it's not okay for him - it more than likely is not okay for me.
So I know he's always learning.... but I also very much intentionally teach him. I never really thought of myself has a great teacher or being very maternal --- so all my prayers asking for help in my parenting must be getting answered! All the credit goes to God for any good I do in my role as mommy! Ever since Raymond was little, I have a list of things I'm sort of "working with him on" as far as knowledge & learning.
At this point, my desire is just to teach him to love learning. To look at the world and all that's in it with enthusiasm and excitement about learning! I am constantly pointing out different fun things we see with enthusiasm. I want him to love learning like I always have.
In the mornings we have been "having school" -- we teach his bears different words through pictures in books. We go through the alphabet with them and name the different toys Raymond has. He just loves doing that. It's such an awesome way to teach him without making it so structured that he doesn't enjoy it. He loves school with his bears.
Nature walks and just enjoying the outside are perfect times to teach. We pick up pine cones (we love pine cones for some reason! hehe) and compare sizes. Find out which is the biggest. We learn the colors through nature. We pick up rocks and count them.
So nature walks are an awesome way to learn!! It's never too young to start teaching a thirst for knowledge! :) Did you read that article from yesterday yet!? You should! It's good! :)