Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
Definitely worth a watch! :)
2 year olds primarily use their senses to make connections and learn about the world. Learning and retention improves when all of children’s senses are engaged, and because children learn best by having “hands on” experiences with materials, sensory experiences are vital to their learning.
Process is more important than the product – how your child uses the materials is much more important than what he makes with them.
Read on to find out more about these 6 Sensory Activities!
Babies may be limited by their dexterity and mobility, but not their ability to interact with the world. Babies learn through all of their senses, and they create concepts by considering what they have learned through their senses. It is also through the interactions and experiences with adults that babies begin to make sense of the world. To enhance learning, always get down on your child’s level to better understand what the environment looks like from their point of view.
Here are 6 simple and wonderful play ideas for your bubba! :)
Wee You-Things is an interactive book designed to encourage children (ages 3-7) to appreciate differences. When children as early as three years are encouraged to respect differences, they will grow to be more respectful and less bias towards others around them.
This wonderful app begins by inviting children to become part of the story by creating their “you”. That’s not all. They have to give it a name, choose clothes and add a personality to the character they have created.
When it comes to giving bananas to your child, do you give them peeled ones? More children are starting school with such poor co-ordination they struggle to peel a banana, say physical movement experts. A simple task like peeling a banana may not sound a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But it is actually a good Practical Life activity for your toddler.
A basic Montessori motto is “help me do it myself,” and by encouraging your toddler to accomplish tasks on their own, you are helping them to build motor skills, confidence and achieve a sense of accomplishment. Peeling a banana allows children to work with both hands at the same time, not to mention the delicious reward at the end of it! But before you hand your toddler an unpeeled banana, there are some pointers to take note of so that your child will be able to complete the task successfully and safely.
Whenever I read this book to a group of children (3 years and up), they never fail to participate along! A great resource to have for teaching children about transportation. This is a wonderful video version of it! Enjoy! :)
The lives of children today are very much different. Children today have fewer opportunities for outdoor free play and regular contact with the natural world. However, it is through discovery and natural interactions with their environment that children come to know themselves, their peers, and make sense of the world around them. Bringing children outdoor helps them to develop critical thinking skills as they learn to make inferences and draw conclusions in ways they could not learn from a book.
Before heading outdoors, get your child and yourself enthusiastic about nature with these lovely books! :)
1. Planting a Rainbow / 2. Leaf Man / 3. The Listening Walk / 4. Swirl by Swirl / 5. Butterfly is Patient
*These books are appropriate for children 4 years and above.