Fun ways to teach a 2 year old?

Brittney - posted on 01/31/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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What are some fun ways to teach a 2 year old? We are working on addition and reading. She has known ABC's and her numbers since 15 months, letters by sight since 17 months, letter sounds since 18 months...etc Reading is going well, I just write out words and she pronounces them slowly. I also just read to her. Her reading score is that of a typical 1st grader in the 2nd month. Addition, I thought would be fun with food items and she understands, she can do 1+1 up to 1+5 and we just started today. Any other fun ways to teach addition? I'm not going to start on subtraction until she understands addition more. TIA!

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Dove - posted on 02/01/2013

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Personally I think you are putting way more into it than you need to.... and that is coming from someone who's 3.5 year old could count to 100 without any help at all and could sound out just about any 2-4 letter word.... among other things as well.

There is nothing wrong with teaching her what she wants to learn and going at her pace, but you should not be 'worried' about what to teach her next or how to do it. Just have FUN with it and let her lead you to see what she wants to learn.

Holly - posted on 02/01/2013

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she didn't loose it all, i just couldn't teach her as MUCH, and i tried to just keep the info i taught her.... and when the baby was old enough to teach as well, i had to teach her too, which cut into time with the oldest... but now they go to school, and are both pretty bright. My oldest has ADD and finds it hard to focus, and would do better in a quieter class.... which i am working on, but my youngest (in third grade) is a GENIUS I swear, she is in a GT class and mostly make 100s and actually won the school spelling bee which was against the 3rd, 4th, and 5th. She is competing against the district next weekend.

Brittney - posted on 02/01/2013

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Oh no. Since you did slow it down..was it easier to re teach her? I'm expecting in May and I don't want to stop teaching her, but if the demands of the new baby make it too hard to keep teaching her things, I don't want her to forget everything.

Holly - posted on 01/31/2013

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thats great, but do not stop teaching your daughter... do not get overwhelmed... my baby by the age of 3 recognised the first 3 presidents, could tell you the shapes in english and spanish, colors in english and spanish, numbers in english and spanish. you ask her to pass you the green square block in english or is spanish she would do it, and i would tell her gracias, she would say de nada, i would speak phrases in english and spanish, like sit down, or don't cry, or give me a kiss. she knew all these... but when her sister needed more attention, i slowed down on the teaching, and eventually she grew less fluent, and stopped learning new things

Brittney - posted on 01/31/2013

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Thank you! She does know her shapes and colors and has a teacher come once a week to refresh her mind with everything. I was going to send her to preschool but she doesn't really need it. I'm expecting another baby in about 4 months and I'm opening my own daycare, I want to help those children learn things too.

Holly - posted on 01/31/2013

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i made a mistake when my baby was 2 to quit doing these things because i had a new baby, don't stop!!!! start teaching her a second language, teach her the shapes and colors and numbers and to subtract and add all in a second language.

Brittney - posted on 01/31/2013

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She counts to 50 without help up to 90 with, counts backwards from 20. Recognizes all numbers written. I wrote them down on a piece of paper and had marshmallows representing the numbers, then explained "one marshmallow plus two marshmallows..equals three marshmallows" (counting each as I go) Then let her do the next ones. She got them right, so I don't know if it was just coincidence or if she is understanding.

Holly - posted on 01/31/2013

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is it the numbers she memorizes or is it the concept? are you just quizing her? or are you explaining the concept? perhaps show her 1 apple and bring another one and show her that if you add one apple and one apple it equals 2 apples. this also works with subtraction. give her 5 apples and you take one away, how many does she have left? concepts of addition and subtraction are better IMO because then the child understands what it is

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