Teaching your children
Crystal - posted on 12/16/2010
Old school magnetic letters on the fridge. My son, now 5, took really well to this. He knew the whole alphabet and could recognize his letters before he was 3. I also sang the ABC's anytime and everywhere I could.. lol .. especially at bath time. Flash cards work really well now that he's older, especially with numbers; I also let my kids watch the educational shows on TV; Super Why on PBS (letters, numbers and reading skills), Dora the Explorer, etc.
Lisa - posted on 12/16/2010
We used games (Dotty Dinosaurs is great for encouraging shape and colour recognition), and just pointed everything out to my girls on our daily walks. Just talk to them about everything, such as, look at those lovely green leaves on that tree/isn't the sun bright and yellow today/look at that pretty red car. Try using flash cards and big posters for the number recognition, and count out treats, such as chocolate buttons. Say something like, look, here's 5 buttons for you, and 5 buttons for Mummy.
Lisa - posted on 12/16/2010
I agree, make everyday activities learning time (grocery store, chores around the house, etc). Read, read, read! And if you want to do something a little more formal too,
check out this site, there are lots of ideas for teaching infants & toddlers and even lesson plans for 2's, 3's, & 4's. Oh, and its free! :)
Renee - posted on 12/15/2010
I have Fridge-Phonics for letters. He loves to play with it. Most of the time I teach him numbers, letters, shapes, and colors while playing. My 2 year old can count to 10 and can recognize numbers from 0-10. He knows a lot of colors but still gets red and green mixed up a bit. He has a shape ball that we use for shapes as well as flash cards and just every day things. In the car we will ask him what color the car next to us is? what color is the apple? what color is your shirt? How many blocks are on the table? What letter is on your shirt? My son really doesn't have an attention span or "formal" learning process yet. :)
I've found that wooden puzzles and actual items work best. They can look at it and pick it up and feel it. I'm not quite to letters and what not with my daughter but I have started on animals. She has a four piece puzzle that she adores. I talk to her about the animals and what sounds they make, the puzzle is a touch a feel so I also ask her about how they feel, are they soft, fuzzy etc.
I find videos to be a waste of time. Kids just don't learn as much or as well. Flash cards work wonders for older kids but let's face it most 2 year olds couldn't care less what's on the card.
Play! Stack blocks and count them, then knock them over. Then make a blue tower, a red tower, etc. Talk about the FIVE RED blocks in the tower. When you color, write letters and numbers in different colors. When getting dressed talk about the RED shirt and the TWO shoes. When eating lunch, count the green beans or chicken nuggets. It doesn't need to be structured...just incorporate it into everyday play. That's the best way for young kids to learn.
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