Twelve hours. That’s how much time you have to get your kids up, dress them, play with them, take them to day care, go to work, undress them, bathe them, and tuck them in. We get exhausted just thinking about it. And somewhere in between there you need to teach them: ABC’s, colors, numbers, you name it. So we asked Christy Cook, president of Teach My, the easiest ways to give your baby’s brain a boost. Follow these tips, and by the time your kids go to kindergarten, they’ll skyrocket straight to the head of the class.
1. Talk a Lot: With babies and toddlers, talking will speed up the learning process because the more you talk, the more they will try to talk. With older children, be sure to talk often and ask open-ended questions to allow your child to reflect and form an opinion.
2. Use Focused Praise: Give praise for actual accomplishments, and avoid broad praise, such as “great job” or “you’re a star.” For example, when using Teach My Preschooler Ready for Math, celebrate when your preschooler gets an addition problem correct with claps, kisses, hugs and lots of excitement!
3. Read Aloud: Reading stimulates the brain, and builds vocabulary, comprehension, and confidence. Plus, research shows that access to books and one-on-one reading predicts school success. So when you snuggle up with your kids, grab a book!
4. Celebrate Curiosity: Little ones are naturally curious, but you can increase their curiosity by exposing them to as many new things as possible. The Teach My Baby All-In-One Kit introduces babies to first words, counting to 5, animal sounds, textures, mirrors, books, finger puppets, and puzzles.
5. Seize Teachable Moments: Find ways to teach your tot during everyday activities like baking or grocery shopping. After teaching your munchkin about colors, take him or her to the grocery store to reinforce their knowledge of colors by pointing out the fruits and vegetables.