Did you know your child can learn so much just by you being more deliberate in your communication? Sometimes we use flashcards because we just don’t know any better. Which photo below do you think represents a more active and engaging color “lesson?” When you use a lot of words, not only is your child’s vocabulary enlarged, his understanding grows. There are countless shades of red, orange, blue, green, etc. However, if you say to your child, “I like your blue car.” when he is playing and then later say, “Isn’t that blue flower pretty?”, he will learn that various shades of a similar color, all get categorized as “blue.”
I enjoy TRYING to sew. When my daughter was two and we went to the pediatrician for a well visit, she asked if we could go look at chenille when we were done. Her doctor was dumbfounded that she knew what chenille fabric was, and that she wanted to go see it at the store. I was surprised myself that she wanted to see it but I had exposed her to different fabrics, because of my own interest, that it didn’t come as a surprise to me that she knew what it was. Sharing your interests and activities, household or otherwise, are huge learning opportunities for your little learners.
Kids Everyone learns easily when something is relevant to their own lives. I certainly wasn’t teaching my daughter to sew but I had taken her to choose fabric, talked to her about the colors and patterns we saw, and then made her a blanket. Try counting out loud the times you push your little one while he is on the swing, or asking him to roll the red ball back and forth with you. It will turn these moments of play into learning lessons.