what should my toddler be learning?

Christi - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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i was wondering if anyone had any good sources for teaching toddlers. i am a stay at home mom, and while my son seems somewhat advanced, i just wonder what he should be learning. we watch nick jr. sometimes during the day, and they focus on colors, animals, counting, shapes and so on. i am not sure if he should be able to identify animals or shapes or what. he is just shy of 16 months. he says several differnt words, from cat to tree to chair to sit. just looking for advice or sources, thanks mommies!!!

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Gigi - posted on 11/16/2012

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Well, just talking to your child - all the time-is great too. Even when you are not actively playing, but doing everyday stuff - cooking, walking, driving in the car. Things that you notice and just take for granted are interesting for them, break them down and point them to him/her.

When my daughter was about 2, I added colours to whatever I mentioned, when we were out (look at that cloud how grey it is, thats a red car, the leaves are green and such) and within a week she knew all the colours. You can incorporate counting as well like that.

At 16 months, your son is a bit young to start him on alphabeth and I think that at that age the best way of teaching them is to talk properly to them (no baby words) about everything. And since his attention spam is probably not long enough for proper lessons, just incorporate them whenever you can. For example, if you walk up the stairs count them, define colours of toys and objects that you see out of the house, teach him body parts, and just keep talking.

Brandi Leann - posted on 11/16/2012

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My baby is 2 1/2 shes very smart but has a temper lol but what baby dont at this age lol

she knows all her body parts and almost has shapes down pack. But potty training is still very hard i let her sit on potty while i read her the potty book. Does any mom have any tips for this? I also want to start abc but ahe has no interest to learn even singing it dont help. A good way to teach them how to count is to count every thing candy, change, pizza slices, and etc...

Is there any thing else other than colors, numbers, animals.

Im a young mom and this is my first child

Mandie - posted on 04/29/2010

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comman names, colours, shapes,animals are good diff objects such as car, bike, bed ect... also body parts r great coz thats something fun u both can do like songs heads shoulders, knees and toes abc's all those kinds of things r great. we have also taught a 3 yr old a lil sign language.

Kelly - posted on 04/19/2010

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Personally, I think the best way for them to learn is just by playing. As you play explain things to them like how many, what shape, what color, etc. As long as it's fun they will learn quickly. We sing songs and look at a lot of books... I hope this helps some!

Patricia - posted on 04/19/2010

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There are these first word flash cards you can get that shows pictures of items, and go through eventually the word/picture corespondance will stick. My step son is almost three and we're still using them because on the opposite side of the card is the word spelled out and now he's learning word recognition as well. I also point out what the first letter of every word is and how it sounds and he repeats it enthusiastically. Also, sing to him. ABC's and the such. Start working on body parts as well, switch it up sometimes ask him to find your nose instead of his its fun

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2010

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Well for me I think hands on play works best...getting on the floor pointing out his eyes nose ext...going to the park and letting him touch and feel the grass as you tell him what it is or pointing out all the things you see

My son is also 16 mths and he doesn't have much interest in tv which I'm thankful for cause his 12 year old sister is a different story...lol and I also enjoy the time we share playing...it helps me stay young

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