Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Teaching Babies/Toddlers

When I was pregnant with my first child, I read a lot of baby books. Most of them recommended reading to the baby while they're in the womb. So I did. Then after my son was born, I did some research on how long to teach a baby/toddler and what exactly to teach them. Guess I was looking for a dummy version. No luck! I did not find exactly what I was looking for, but here is what I've been doing with my son. Try it and see the results.

 I started this when my son turned 9 months. But before he was 9 months, I would usually read to him, show him things around the house, and play with him. Now that he's 18 months, I try to spend at least 4 hours each day teaching him alphabets, shapes, colors, and numbers. These are the basics. Please don't teach your little one for 4 hours straight!! I've noticed that my son will stay alert  for 2 hours straight, after that I can forget it! But every toddler is different.

Then throughout the day I'll do some activities (e.g. fill the cup with water...nothing complex) and field trips (e.g walk through the garden looking for lizards and birds). He enjoys it!! He's also very interactive even though some of his words sounds like Chinese.lol But I pretend to understand.

Some people think they're too young to start learning or to be taught, and others disagree. Share your stories and comments about what you did with your baby/toddler in terms of teaching. I look forward to reading them. Hope your day is blessed!

2 comments:

  1. I taught my daughter to recognize her letters when she was 1 but she couldn't recite them. She is now 2 yrs, she recites and recognizes her letters. she counts from 1 to 10 and we are working on 11 to 20. She knows colors, shapes and plays games on her tablet. Kids learn on their own time and style.

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    1. That is awesome! It's amazing when all the hard work shows. And you are so right...they do learn on their own time.

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