“Narrating” a child’s activity

‘Narrate’ your child’s activities so that they will know that they have your focused attention. This will support them in language and thinking development.

When tots learn to words

Some toddlers learn new words and phrases rapidly. Others still use gestures and sounds to tell their families what they want and need.

Learn by making mistakes

Recite rhymes, sing songs, and make mistakes! Once your toddler is familiar with the rhyme or pattern, make mistakes on purpose and get caught

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

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.

Pretend play and milestones

It may not seem like a milestone, but if your toddler snaps your photo with a wooden block (like a camera) or bundles her bear into a blanket, she’s made an important development leap.

Teaching colors and shaped for Valentine’s Day

Toddler activities for Valentine’s Day naturally lends itself to reinforcing the color red, understanding that there are different shades of red and teaching the heart shape.

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Talk to children, even babies

Talk to children & babies. While they may not understand initially, they are developing brain structures necessary for language literacy

Boosting a toddler’s self-confidence

As your toddler explores, he becomes more aware of his own skills to investigate the world, building confidence and self-esteem.

How language and thought are learned

Language & speech are primarily learned through imitation & observation. During infancy, babies listen & they pay close attention

The benefits of pausing while reading

Pause while reading to show pictures. Share reactions to the story through your voice or gestures & encourage child to react too.

Learning by experience

Infants and toddlers learn about and experience life through sense and motor explorations. They touch, taste, smell, observe, and move the world about them to make sense out of it.

Encourage experimentation

Children are natural scientists, and they learn by doing.

Responsibility for your son’s own messes.

Hold your child accountable for her own messes. Do it kindly, do it supportively, but do it, even when it’s easier to do it yourself.

Let your toddler try to do it themselves.

Rein in your own impatience. That doesn’t mean abandoning him to it. Stand by, smiling, ready to be helpful in whatever way actually helps your toddler.

Improving hand-eye coordination

The best thing you can do when trying to improve hand-eye coordination with your child is to let your child play with the toys on her own.

You may feel the urge to show your child how it works. But part of the fun with hand-eye toys is figuring out how they fit together and work.

Acquiring new skills

Toddlers have a greater ability to acquire new skills and information than children who are 5, 6, or 7 years old.

Research indicates that introducing reading, language, and math skills in the toddler years may make school success come more easily to your child for years to come.

Learing A-B-Cs

When kids are learning to speak play word games and say the ABC’s — in fact, singing things like the ABCs is a great way to get them to put the ideas together – kids can often sing songs like their ABCs long before they can use them in any practical sense.

Advocating for ADHD

For kids with ADHD, you are your child’s best advocate. To be a good advocate for your child, learn as much as you can about ADHD and how it affects your child at home, in school, and in social situations.

Building hand/eye coordination

Build hand/eye coordinations and have fun in the tub. Fill a small tub with water and give your toddler several containers of different sizes.