Tips for educating a toddler
Between the ages of two and four, toddlers go through the most impressionable time in their lives. It’s a period where you, as a parent, will have the power to make a positive impact on your child’s life and therefore need to think of ways to educate them successfully.
At this stage in your child’s life, they will start to develop problem-solving skills and will have the ability to go beyond simply knowing what objects are, to actually investigating and exploring them. It is the perfect time for you to engage with your child and give them the best possible start to their life-long education.
Playing with your toddler and letting them socialise with others will greatly assist their learning developments.
Play is important
For toddlers, playtime has a significant (if not the most significant) role to play in their learning. When they’re playing, they’re engaging with the world around them and have the opportunity to make new discoveries and learn more about them. As a parent, it is so important to immerse yourself in their world of play and assist them in learning about their environment and everything in it.
Playing games where you have to take turns to talk is a great way to encourage your toddler to participate in conversation with you.
Reward good behaviour
At this stage, children respond very well to positive reinforcements. Rewarding children for good behaviour or for learning something new is a great way to motivate them and encourage them to feel positive about education.
Make sure children know what they are being rewarded for, so they can connect their behaviour and acts with positivity.
Remember it doesn’t always have to be physical rewards (like a treat), verbal rewards work too. Thanking children when they’ve helped you and telling them that they have done something well can go a long way in encouraging them to continue along the right path.
Let them socialise
Toddlers learn a lot from being with children their own age. As we said before, playtime is so important and can really help to assist their learning. Giving them chance to socialise with other toddlers will help them to develop their social skills which will be invaluable to them throughout life.
Reading books to your toddler can help them with speaking.
Read books to them
Reading books and singing nursery rhymes with your toddler is a fantastic way to encourage them to speak, listen and learn. Start reading to them from an early age, so they can listen to the words you’re saying, even if they’re only looking at the pictures.
Talk to your toddler
The more you talk to your toddler, the easier they’ll pick up speaking and the more they’ll understand. Say your toddlers name before you talk to them and make eye contact so they know you’re addressing them. Make sure you tell them what you’re doing when you’re putting on their coat, taking off their shoes or doing any other activity so they can start to pick up what certain words and acts mean.
End the day with a debrief
Make sure your toddler finishes their day by going over what they’ve learnt with you. Ask them what they learnt today, what they need to practice and how it makes them feel. This will strengthen your toddler’s learning and connect it with their behaviour and feelings.
When it comes to educating a toddler, the key is to be patient and creative. The more fun you can make education, the more likely they are to respond positively to it, which will set them up well for when they go to school in a couple of years’ time.
Written by Carly Garrett