1) I agree, definitely reading - we have done story time every night ever since the kids have been 6 months old, in addition to lots of stories during the day (since we limit TV/screen time). I try with my 4 year old to incorporate one number book every night.
2) Nature - we talk about animals/plants/dirt/water (I even used this to help my son become less afraid of the dark because every night we would talk about all the animals that would come out at night - bats, racoons, even some cats)
3) Baking/Cooking - we measure (including discussions about numbers), talk about textures (wet, dry, melted, solid), figure out how things change when you add different ingredients in and why it changes when it cooks
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These are awesome tools/tips 'moms'.. I'm gonna need to utilize them in a couple years!
With my daughter being 8 months -- I can't do too much that I'd like, but.. -I do like to count with her up to 5! -I watch nick jr w/her; Yo Gabba, Little Bill, Olivia, & Peppa Pig catch her eye. But Moose & Zee has her heart -- hands down lol! -I crawl around & play w/her on her activity mat. -I read highlight books as well as the lil pop-up story books to her. -I sing rhymes to her, as well as playing patty cake & peek-a-boo! -I'm teaching her how to walk by placing markers in different spots! (she almost got it down pact too!!) -I also make her own food. My dad bought us the bullet system which included the baby bullet as well! This girl eats steak & potatoes already!
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1. We play the 'name it game' in the grocery store. My 3 year old names things I hold up for her, or repeats the names of new items. 2. I started allowing my oldest (9) one pick of anything less than $5 so long as it meets the criteria: (She tends to go for $5 worth of fruit - organic if she can - for school lunches.) A: NO high fructose corn syrup. (Sugar has to be five or lower on the ingredient list too) B: NO partially hydrogenated anything. C: NO artificial colors/flavors. 3. I try to include my kids in whatever I'm doing. Kids learn by example, good and bad, so by including them I'm more aware of the choices I make and the example I'm setting.
I really like the idea of using post it notes with ABC's on them. My son is 3 1/2 and every time I try teaching or even singing the ABC's he just tunes me out. We do read a lot of books. He'd much be outside running around then sitting for "school time"!
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What sort of tools do you use to teach your kids? Even if it is just the basics, share what has worked for you.
The tools of my trade (used over the years for 5 kids) are: 1. Reading to them often (this one is #1 on my list) 2. I found post it notes with A,B,C's on them. I like to put them on the wall above my daughters table - 3 at a time - to help her learn her letters. 3. I just found this website - www.ixl.com for math. Looks like a great site.
These are just a few of the things I like to do - how about you?
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