Handling Eggs for Easter

Everyone should wash their hands in hot, soapy water before and after handling eggs (even if they’ve already been cooked or decorated)! This protects everyone from any bacteria on the egg, and protects the eggshell from any oils on hands that may make the dye not adhere.

Transitioning to childcare

The transition to the new childcare setting may go more smoothly if you can take it in small steps. If possible, consider bringing your child in for an hour or two the first time.

Answer tots questions

Results showed kids were more than twice as likely to re-ask their question after a non-explanation compared with a real answer.

Early exposure to languages

Studies show that kids with active exposure to language have social and educational advantages over their peers — and reading is one of the best exposures to language.

Reading and positive association

Have positive associations with reading. If feeling tense or your child is resisting, set book aside & returning to it later.

Working with your teacher

If possible, arrange to observe the teaching in your child’s classroom. Afterward, talk with the teacher about what you saw and how it fits with your hopes for your child and your child’s needs.

teaching colors to colorblind kids

Teaching colors may be somewhat more difficult if your toddler is color-blind. 1 in 12 males, and 1 in 1000 females are.

Teachers and special circumstances

Tell the teacher if you think your child needs special help and about any special family situation that might affect child’s ability to learn.

Encourage your child to ask questions.

Encourage your child to repeat what you say or comment on it. Provide models of interesting questions and examples of possible answers like “I wonder what is going to happen next?”

Teaching toddlers other languages

Purchase foreign language cassettes and videos. It is much easier for toddlers to pick up other languages at this age than it will be later on.

Vocabulary milestones

1yr olds are busy absorbing and growing their vocabularies. 12mo olds can usually say 1-4 words; 20mo olds know up to 20 words & 24 month olds can often say 2-3 word sentences.

Toddlers and commercials

Toddlers are influenced by commercials and ads. Commercials have the most uncanny ability to sell anything to children and make it seem like it is the best thing ever.

Working the mind in youngsters

Puzzles and shape sorters are great for toddlers 18+ months old.

Learning numbers and letters

Purchase alphabet letters and numbers for your fridge. Expose your child to letters as often as possible.

Choose engaging books

Picture books with flaps or different textures to touch keep hands busy.

Advocating for your child

Always be child’s advocate, but never become the teacher’s adversary. If you feel child has been wronged, defend her. Call the teacher, have a conference to work things out

Staying involved with schooling

Take time to meet each teacher and be sure they have your contact information and you have theirs if there are any concerns regarding your child.

What did you learn today?

Ask child to teach you something she learned in school today. People remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see.

Developing a good sense of hearing

Music created especially for babies helps develop their sense of hearing, concentration and even speech

Reading is important

Help your child see that reading is important. Set a good example for your child by reading books, newspapers and magazines.