After my research on various Early Childhood Education programs, I’ve finally decided on a program that captures elements from the Montessori Method and the Wink/TwiddleWink Program which, as far as I understand, is the midway point between the Glenn Doman Method and the Makota Shichida Method.
To help me implement my program, I have secured the following resources:
TweedleWink – Educational DVD series
Wink – Seven Step Package
Okay, so I bought the last two on a whim without really checking out the products first. That’s the dangers of shopping with paypal, I reckon. I tend to be a little more careless when it’s my money, as opposed to the fruits of the hubby’s labour.
Needless to say I’ve made a huge dent into my wallet – or rather my paypal account. At this rate, I really should to start my own little playschool program to recoup my investment. After studying all this material, I reckon I ought to be qualified to teach. Well, my rationalisation for the hefty retail therapy is that I would have spent more had I enrolled Gavin into an Early Childhood educational program. Plus, I fully intend to implement this program on baby number two.
Somewhat wiser from my previous online shopping experiences, I’ve sent everything to my brother in Singapore instead of having it shipped to Malaysia. Let’s hope there isn’t any problems receiving my products in Singapore.
I’m not really sure how useful all this is so far but stay with me and I’ll be reviewing all the materials I’ve listed as we get through them.
To date, this is about as far as I’ve gotten: attempting to create a Montessori environment by making Gavin’s toys and books accessible to him. Although these aren’t exactly Montessori recommended toys, they’re the best I’ve got so far. We’ve also had to make some compromises since we live with my in laws and space is limited. I rearranged our wardrobe to fit Gavin’s toys onto the lower shelves. I’ve also got plans to make a few of my own Montessori activities following the instructions from Elizabeth Hainstock’s Montessori book and some of the activities I’ve read about from Tim Seldin.