Plans are always subject to change, especially when a small baby is involved, but I can never resist making them. This year, our main goals for Henry are:
-Encouraging his wonderful interest in the world around him. Last year, we dabbled in everything from the Statue of Liberty to musical instruments, and we'll continue to read voraciously and learn about the random topics he becomes fascinated with. I'll also encourage interest in seasonal topics and some science topics. Some activities planned for the fall: magnets, observing leaves change color, and trips to an apple orchard and pumpkin patch.
-Read lots, especially classic picture books, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and poetry.
-Solidify his alphabet knowledge and practice pre-reading skills (like tracking word-for-word and taking apart the sounds in words) so that he'll have the skills necessary for learning to read when he gets interested.
-More understandable speech, with the help of a speech therapists. The "L"s are finally appearing--now if he can learn "S"s and "F"s, we'll be able to understand him a lot more easily.
-Practice basic number skills and critical thinking skills like sorting and comparing.
-Have fun exploring art materials like paint and clay and practice fine motor skills like cutting, folding, and coloring.
-Begin to memorize Bible verses and to see the connection between the Bible and daily life.
-Enjoy playing with other kids and continue to develop social skills (especially not grabbing toys from other kids!)