Toddler growth

Toddlers have a greater ability to acquire new skills and information than children who are 5, 6, or 7 years old. Research indicates that introducing reading, language, and math skills in the toddler years may make school success come more easily to your child for years to come. Here are a few tips to help:

1) “Narrate” your child’s activities so that they will know that they have your focused attention. This will support them in language and thinking development.

2) Buy alphabet magnet letters to play with on the refrigerator. Spell out new words for your child every week.

3) Use repetition. Some parents get frustrated when a child wants a book read three times in a row, but this is an essential part of how children process information.

4) Read to your child every day. Choose children’s books with large print words and clear pictures. This will help your child to understand what they are seeing and to learn to read words.

5) Remember that your child’s physical education is directly linked to his academic education. Research shows that brain development is directly linked to physical activity, such as crawling before the age of one. If you and your toddler engage frequently in different kinds of physical activities, this may enhance brain development. Examples: galloping, running, rolling, wheelbarrow, etc.

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