Teaching At Home
Teaching At Home
My goals has been to make learning fun for my daughter. At the age of two, she is a sponge absorbing everything around her. She learns something new everyday. Since birth, I would sing, read, and talk to her. This has made a big difference, especially in her interest in books. Through out her first two years, I have been able to teach my daughter through play and activities that she likes.
Children learn through play and daily interactions. There is no structure lessons, just fun. I have made learning and playing fun. The combination of these two have been helpful in teaching my daughter her ABCs, colors, numbers, body parts, animal, and animal sounds, and shapes in both English and Spanish.
- Singing. My daughter learning her ABC through song. I would sing to her the ABC since she was a baby. Through repetition, she learned the son on her own and the ABCs. To encourage her further, we would play games on matching letters to an ABC chart. Through this activity, she learned to recognize letters randomly.
- Toys. Not only do I use toy for play with my daughter but for learning as well. As I was working on developing her fine motor skills, I was also teaching her the shapes and colors of objects. As she was playing with the blocks, we would say the shape or color of the block. This was fun for my daughter and I would teach her when she was playing. It was never a structured lesson. I built learning when she was playing. I taught her color recognition and basic shapes. Using blocks or other toys we had in the house, I also taught her the numbers. During clean up time, we count the toys as we put them away in the baskets.
- Reading. I cannot stress how important reading is. Since birth, I started reading to my daughter and I can see the positive impact it had on her. She loves books. I have books in the living room, room, and car. She gravitates to books. I will see her grab a book out of the shelf and flip through them. Now, she pretends to read through them and will point to objects or colors she recognizes. Every day, my goal is to read 5 books to her.
- Hands-on-Activities: My daughter loves puzzles. She has become really good at completing them. Through these, I have taught her the animals, letters, and shapes. Puzzles also help her with eye and hand coordination. Another activity that she recently like to do is painting while listening to Selena. I’ll let her pain freely and mid way, I will start drawing the shapes. She thinks this is fun and will want me to paint the letters and numbers as well. Moms can go online and print out activity sheets. Pinterest is full of great ideas for learning activities. Instagram is also a great resource to follow moms who are home schools for ideas such as Bitty Beginnings and Teacher Turned Mom.
- Socializing: My daughter is an only child right now and one of my worries how to provide her opportunities to socialize with other children her age. Taking her to the park was a good way for her to start interacting what other children and learn how to play with them. Before she was two years, I enrolled her in ballet classes. She has grown from being timid girl to an excited toddler whenever she sees her friends at class. Part of this socializing involves learning how to play nice, share, and listen. While this is a work in progress, I can see the difference that this is making in my child. There are several community centers that offer free classes or at a low cost.
These simple and fun ways to teach my daughter is slowly preparing her for preschool. While I want her to learn, my approach is less structure and based upon play and my daily interactions with my daughter. She will go to preschools soon but in the meantime, I want her to learn the basics. My approach is always to make learning fun. I want my daughter to find her own love for learning.