A Type A's Mommy Way: Enrichment Resources to Help Give Your Child a Leg Up
I am very much a Type A person. I love checklists. I love getting ahead of things. I love research, etc, etc. Needless to say, I have the same approach and attitude when it comes to raising my son. Specifically, with his education. I believe that every child is different and you definitely have to find the approach that works for you and your child, but here are a few things that have worked to help expand my son's knowledge.
1. Monkey see, Monkey do - My son is pretty articulate and expressive and I think is mainly due to the fact that he has been spoken to like an adult fom day one. At times I may speak more softly to him than I would an adult, but my vocabulary is the same. As a result, he is able to express himself in a mature way more often than not. Of course, imitation has it's cons, profanity anyone? If they hear it, they will definitely repeat it, so definitely be cognizant of this "added bonus".
2. Practice Makes Perfect - I'm definitely about that worksheet life. I have found a multitude of free worksheet resources online that are appropriate for his age and we try to do a few sheets daily. There are some days that we don't get to these but for now, he is doing this at least 4-5 times a week. Toddlers don't have a very long attention span, so I try to do one or two sheets at a time with a quick break in between. I also make sure he is not tired or hungry, so I can maximize my efforts. Lastly, I make sure to reward and praise him as a form of encouragement so I can squeeze a few more sheets in. Just joking. As a way for him to enjoy doing "his homework".
Free Worksheet resources:
3. The World is Your Oyster - Studies show that children learn just as much, if not more, in their day to day exposure as they do in a classroom setting. Outings are so pertinent to your little one's mind. If it's age appropriate, I take Luca. We go to all sorts of outings which include museums, art and science centers, restaurants, zoos, aquarium, exhibits, and the list continues. One really informative site for finding what children events are popping up when, is Mommy Poppins. This site has an abundance of activities and places for children and every month she drops a free list of things to do with your little one.
What resources or activities do you employ for your child(ren)'s enrichment? Please comment here, on FB or IG!
Love x Light