Ten Tips For Jump-Starting Your Toddler's Education
Dr. Clare Albright
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.
your child's activities so that they will know that they have your
focused attention. This will support them in language and thinking
Choose children's books with large print words and extremely clear
pictures. This will help your child to understand what they are
seeing and to learn to read words. Many children's books have very
small words and very complicated pictures.
3. Purchase foreign
language cassettes and videos. It is much easier for toddlers to
pick up other languages at this age than it will be later on.
4. Purchase computer
software for toddlers. The software will often employ keyboard
skills, since it is difficult for many children to use a mouse
before the age of two and a half.
5. Buy alphabet letters
for bathtub use and make a new word every time your child is in the
bathtub. Your child will begin to make the connection between spoken
and written language.
6. 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
7. Buy alphabet magnet
letters to play with on the refrigerator. Spell out new words for
your child every week.
8. Read to your child
every day. Read with emotional expression, as if you were in a
9. 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.
10. Call the Institutes
for the Achievement of Human Potential at (800) 344-MOTHER to
purchase early learning materials. They sell books, videos,
cassettes, and learning materials to teach your toddler how to read,
how to do math, and how to gain encyclopedic knowledge.
See here for more tips to
educate your toddlers
Written by Dr. Clare Albright, author of "100
Tips for Parents of Two-Year Olds", Psychologist and Parenting Coach.