I’m often asked, “how old is your son?” My answer “He’s 3.” Their response: “Oh my Gosh, he is so smart for his age. How does he know so much?” I decided to reveal my so-called “secret” to those who might be needing a little inspiration for their little one or future little one. Some may think that I sent my son to school just to learn. No, I mostly sent him to school to interact and socialize with children his age.
Disclaimer: I am a first-time mom, and these are just activities I did on my own accord. There is no right or wrong way to be a mom.
First and foremost, I have always believed that it starts at home. I would never send my child to school thinking that is the only place they will learn what they need to know to be successful at this thing called life. Kids are like sponges so let them soak up as much knowledge as they can while they are young and interested.
Now Down to the Nitty Gritty….
ONE: Belly Love. While pregnant, I read to my son. Now, you can read anything you want but I will be honest with you. At the time, I was in nursing school, so he received a lot of critical care and med surg information from me, but I also read children stories in between studying. I also played an alphabet song on YouTube every night. Very simple, short and sweet.
TWO: Flash Cards. I literally went to Dollar Tree and purchased flash cards for the alphabet, numbers, colors, & shapes. We practiced with these cards on a regular basis. Just make sure you mix the cards up so your child does not memorize the order.
THREE: Daily/Nightly reading. Everyone has different life schedules, so if you can’t read at night, read during the day. Start with super easy books. Examples would be: Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See; The giving tree; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; and The Very Hungry Caterpillar just to name a few. Reading not only expands their minds but it also gets their imagination going.
LAST: Have fun! Don’t be too strict on your children. Make learning fun by creating games and using your imagination. Every child is different and they all learn differently so be patient, take lots of breaks, and try different activities with them.