If you have a toddler, you are probably already in awe of how much he or she learns just by going through the day. Doesn't it seem like your child is like a sponge, just soaking up the wonders of the world by simply existing? At the same time, you are probably wanting to enhance your child's learning experiences in a more structured way. If that's the case, from providing learning experiences at home to arranging for your child to attend a day care facility, here are some ideas that might help.
Home Experiences - Of course, you can take your child to places like the zoo and to children's museums, and that is a huge aspect of enhancing your child's learning experiences. However, there are also many things you can do right at home. After all, if it's freezing cold outside, you might be focused on keeping warm in your own house. Think of things your child already likes to do, and add to those aspects of his or her learning.
For example, if your child loves to read and to color pictures, consider helping him or her to make his or her own book. Say he or she loves animals. Ask your child to draw pictures of his or her favorite animals on half-sheets of plain, white paper. Then take each picture and help your child to glue it onto colored construction paper that is slightly larger than the half sheets on which he or she has done the artwork. When there is a nice little stack, punch holes in each page, and thread colorful yarn through he holes. Tie the yarn at the front of the pages, and your child will have created his or her own book.
Day Care Experiences - Have you considered enrolling your child in a day care facility like The Cottage School? Think of finding one that focuses on building creativity in children's lives. For example, you might find a day care program that evaluates your child's talents. If a study shows that your child is a little artist, he or she will probably be given many opportunities to build on that gift. If your child has musical abilities, the workers in the day care facility will give him or her the opportunity to play with child-sized musical instruments.
Besides focusing on your child's creativity, attending day care will also probably give your child many opportunities to learn simple classroom etiquette. For example, your child will learn to share toys with other children, he or she will learn that it is appropriate to take turns and to raise a hand before speaking.Share