Any time you are with your child, talk about the colors of things.
Provide variety in your child’s life to promote brain growth.
Reinforce the names of colors, shapes, and the concept of size using everyday opportunities.
Persuade a reluctant bather by adding an element of fun to bath time.
Ease the transition to bedtime with some soft, instrumental music.
Respect and treasure your child’s play, even if you don’t understand it.
This simple activity will help your toddler learn colors, shapes and sizes.
Support your child as she begins to make sense of the world.
Talk about the various sizes of things, and encourage your child to point out size differences.
At twelve months, your baby’s brain is developing rapidly. Toys that promote problem-solving help develop new skills.
Encourage your child’s physical development by asking him to pick up his toys after playtime.
Keep your toddler engaged by pointing out things that match.
Give your child choices as often as possible.
Toys now begin to play a bigger part in your child’s life. Researchers suggest that toys that are responsive to your child’s actions are helpful at this age. What does this mean?
Changing diapers can seem like a chore. Older babies and toddlers want to get back up and do what they were born to do—move! How can we make this easier on babies and parents?
At two and three years old, children become interested in drawing and writing. They may not produce recognizable letters and pictures, but this is, nonetheless, an important step on the road to learning how to write and draw.
Go ahead, let him push your buttons…and flip your switches.
Caring for your child's gorgeous new teeth can sometimes be a challenge. Singing along makes everything a little more fun!
Have you noticed a bit of pretend play going on in your house? Toward the end of a child’s second year, toddlers are pretending in a variety of ways.
Listening to rhythmic clapping or drum beats is a good beginning in helping toddlers recognize one-to-one correspondence and patterns. Plus music can encourage toddlers to move their bodies in rhythm, or set the mood for dancing or napping.
Have you been warned about the “terrible twos?” Don’t believe it. What's really happening in your child's brain is quite remarkable.
Toddlers can feel very autonomous. Reminding them that they are less than four feet tall and that only two years old doesn’t seem to help much (actually, it doesn’t help at all!). So, what can be done to foster this independence without letting them run amok?
How do children develop gross motor skills? Researchers frequently use what is called a “dynamic systems approach” to describe these evolving abilities in children (and adults!).
Children’s development is influenced by their physical capabilities, environment and the demands of the activity in which they’re engaging.
Challenge your child's communication skills.
Increase your child's exposure to new words by talking aloud as you go through your shopping list.
Expose your toddler to the sounds of different languages to encourage language facility later in life.
Your child can show that she understands many words even though she can’t say them.
Help your child build the prereading skills he needs before he will learn to read.
Show your child that books and reading are important.
Help your toddler learn ABCs with books and items throughout your home.
Lay down the foundation for learning the alphabet and phonological awareness.
Toddlers love to hear the same story over and over again, and they learn from repetition.
Encourage “writing” by providing plenty of paper and crayons.
As you write, talk it out with your toddler.
Incorporate reading into your daily pattern so your toddler learns that reading is part of his world.
Word play and rhyming games help your toddler develop phonological awareness, an essential prereading skill.
When it comes to picture books, how young is too young? Consider this: by 6 months, babies become very interested in objects—and just 5 months later, babies can respond to 50 or so words, including many names for common objects.
The expressive (spoken) vocabulary of many babies seems to explode somewhere between sixteen months and two years. While your baby may have only been using a handful of words, now she seems to be bursting with new words. How does this happen?
Are you being teased? Older infants and toddlers love to tease their parents. Have you ever been offered a delicious bite of baby food from your little one, only to find that he has rapidly pulled the spoon back and is giggling?
Does talking to your child matter? And how often do we think about the quality and repercussions of those conversations?
We know conversations are important, but what to talk about? Try a song, for starters.
Most parents wait impatiently for their child’s first word, listening intently to cooing and babbling. After the first or second word, the learning of new words follows in more rapid succession. What determines the order and choice of these first words?
Speech acts help speakers accomplish things in the world. These include requests (“More milk?”) and demands (“No night-night!”) from children, as well as from adults (“Hush!”). Interestingly enough, parents are seldom precise in their requests.
Provide simple reminders that math is part of your toddler’s world.
Help your child learn to count to ten.
Help your child recognize and name shapes.
When do children learn to count? Research has shown that infants appear are born with an ability to tell the difference between two and three objects.
Water play helps build coordination and control, as well as basic science concepts.
Introduce a new perspective on vegetables that makes them seem like an earned treat.
Use frozen peas to cool down hot soups and add nutrition.
Even if you don't speak a second language, you can provide early exposure to language with bilingual toys, books and lullabies. When should you introduce a new language? The earlier the better. Your bambino is listening!
Read the ABCs! Don’t worry if your toddler doesn’t yet recognize the letters in his alphabet book. Letters are just one of several symbol systems your child is beginning to notice. Encourage this awareness by pointing out the letters in your child's name. Point out letters everywhere—on cereal boxes, on signs and on blocks.
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