We’ve all heard the saying, “children are like sponges.” As a parent, I’m sure you can attest to this old adage. Although many mark the beginning of Kindergarten as the start of a child’s educational journey, children are quite literally born ready to learn!
“Children are naturally curious beings who are motivated to make sense of the world around them…A child’s relationships and experiences during the early years greatly influence how their brain grows. Children learn best through their everyday experiences with the people they love and trust, and when learning is fun.” – zerotothree.org
By the time children are 24 months old, language development becomes crucial and their vocabulary grows rapidly. They are able to understand the meaning of stories and express their feelings verbally. Talking to your toddler about everything and sharing books together regularly builds their understanding of the world around them and grows their ability to communicate about it.
· Give your child a crayon and ask them to draw a picture or help you write a list
· Sing with them to incorporate new words or concepts
· Connect pictures or symbols with real objects in their environment
· Choose books with simple rhymes to help them memorize
· Talk about shapes, sizes, counting, and the alphabet
· Create simple instructions based on new words such as “Go to the shelf and get your book.”
These tasks help them connect the spoken and written word even at this early age.
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