Simple directions

Children respond better to simple, consistent directions versus lots of words.

Object Labeling

object labeling is the most effective when the parent describes an object that the baby is already focused on

Hand preference

Kids start to show hand preference by 2. By 3, most are consistent in which hand they use to draw & wave.

Let her do for herself

Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While quicker/easier it won’t help make child more self-sufficient.

Self Esteem

Involving toddlers in dressing is 1st step towards independence. Also helping self-esteem & promote problem solving. –

Exploring writing

Allow older toddlers to begin exploring writing instruments (pens, markers and crayons).

Provide them with other toys and activities (e.g., pouring water) that develop the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill necessary for writing.

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Being outside helps children grow

Being outside helps children grow and develop – physically, socially, and emotionally.

It may also help them avoid childhood obesity, and give them the chance to burn some of that extra energy from being indoors and inactive.


reluctant reader tip

Try smart comics for reluctant readers. Some kids get a terrific jump start from comics, which are less intimidating to them than chapter books.


Doing things on your own

Some of your child’s most meaningful learning experiences will come when she tries things out on her own. Let her experiment some. Be close, but don’t hover.

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Learning shapes

A great way to learn shapes is to make cardboard shapes with holes punched on the edges and provide a yarn tipped with tape. Sew alphabets for a good fine motor activity.

Learning social rules

Part of a child’s development involves learning social rules. It’s your job as a parent to teach your little child how to be well behaved.

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When kids acquire words

Around their second birthday, many children begin to acquire words at breakneck speed, a phenomenon experts call the naming explosion. Most 2-year-olds can say about 100 words.

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Preschooler in charge

Putting your preschooler in charge of a regular, simple task will build her confidence and sense of competency.

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Feeding themselves

The best way to prevent feeding problems is to teach your child to feed himself as early as possible, provide them with healthy choices and allow experimentation.

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Learning shapes and colors

Help tots learn colors shapes and numbers, use a full deck of playing cards and show your child how to sort them into piles by color or shapes.

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Monkey see…

Preschoolers are heavily influenced by what they see. It’s important to actively supervise what your child is exposed to on television and in the real world.

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Math success

Beginning school with a mastery of early math concepts (awareness of numbers, shapes, patterns, et cetera) is the number-one indicator of future overall academic success.

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Let them do it

Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While it may be quicker and easier to do it yourself, it won’t help to make your child more self-sufficient.

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Encourage independence

Children who are able to care for themselves and their belongings will feel more confident at preschool.

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Building vocabulary

Build your child’s vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects. For example, "Look at that airplane! Those are the wings of the plane. Why do you think they are called wings?"

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