Let children learn from their mistakes

Allow your child to experience the bumps and bruises of learning to walk and relate to others. Let tot overcome obstacles and setbacks

Listen to music early and often

Think about music like a language: your kids learn their native language by being immersed in it.

Personality traits

As your child grows, he or she will display certain personality traits. Some of these are learned, others genetic. Respect your child’s developing individuality.

Learning to be squeaky clean

Buy alphabet letters for bathtub use and make a new word every time your child is in the bathtub. Your child will begin to make the connection between spoken and written language.

Interacting with your toddler

Common daily interactions help toddlers develop thinking skills. Toddlers learn about “deductive reasoning”, such as: if I fall, it might hurt

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.

Linking physical education to academic

Remember that your child’s physical education is directly linked to his academic education. Research shows that brain development is directly linked to physical activity.

Water fun

Fill a small tub with water and give toddler containers. Let her pour water from one container to the other. Add bubbles for extra fun.

Learning numbers and letters

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

“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.