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It seems to me that what you're basically looking for is a way of structuring time in a way that will be most efficient when the time comes that you do plan to be introducing some reading and numbers. It honestly won't take practice to lead up to it - it will just be a matter later of picking the best times for everyone to happily focus on whatever it is. I really think it works better to not think in terms of doing school time, but just in terms of dealing with whatever subject or skill it is you and they are focusing on. I think the idea a lot of people have is that if they call it school time, the children will feel compelled to cooperate, but there are lots of people who don't put a name on introducing new things and don't have a problem capturing their children's attention, because there's no real difference of attitude or tone needed between showing a child how to ride a bike or tie a shoe or learn to read.
So if you feel you're going to be halfway between school-at-home and unschooling, I think you'd be comfortable with just providing whatever information/help/teaching/facilitating that seems appropriate at any give time without having to say, "Okay, it's time for school." If you want to start sharing more focused activities with them, snuggling together with picture books and reading to them is a great one, and you probably already do that. Doing very simple little finger rhymes with them is another. Playing with simple craft materials such as playdough, dressing up in costumes for imaginative play, talking about the natural world around you are others. What you'll be doing with them later doesn't need to have to feel any different than those things do. So what I'm getting at is that I don't think you really need a curriculum so much as just the setting of a simple rhythm of some kind that can carry into later and be changed as needed. Lillian
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