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Easy as 1, 2, 3

Easy as 1, 2, 3
baby-blocks-e037b40f29_640As little ones start to grow their curiosity grows with them. All of the sudden letters, numbers and words become more than just shapes on a page. It is important as children grow for parents to help them put those numbers or letters together in order to let curiosity thrive.

Visual Assistance

A great way for parents to start their children putting numbers or letters together is to give them a visual stimulus. One option is to purchase some refrigerator magnets of various letters or numbers that the kids can arrange. Parents can create games with their children to help arrange the magnets in the correct order. Other options include basic writing or coloring, cutting out letters or numbers for the kids to arrange or to physically write the ABC's and numbers on a blackboard or white board hanging on the wall. It is important that kids have some form of visual aid when it comes to learning their letters and numbers.


Hearing the Answers

Another way for parents to help their kids put words and letters together it by simply talking to them. What a child hears has a huge influence on how they learn over time. Singing the ABC's or a creating countingfishing-for-letters- song can help toddlers tremendously when it comes to learning. Another way parents can assist their children through listening is by reading to them. If a child can mentally pair the sound of a word with its appearance it often leads to developmental strides with both letters and words.

Becoming Involved

ABC IIIThe best way for a child to learn is to become physically involved in what they are doing. Parents can create some counting games for their kids, have an alphabet parade or create a word matching game. Once a child has gotten involved and it having fun, they will be more inclined to remember the steps of the game for next time, thus learning skills in an exciting way. If a child is engaged in something because it is fun, they are more likely to remember it in the future.

Electronic Learning

Educational television programs smartphone apps or tablet apps can be useful if used correctly. If a child is just simply sat down in front of the TV, odds are they will not learn much even of the program does claim to be educational. In order for a child to get something out of electronic learning, a parent has to be involved. For example, if Dora the Explorer asks the kids watching to count something with her, a parent has to help point to, vocalize or demonstrate what their child needs to do. This way, a child is joining their parent in a mental or physical activity rather than just staring at a screen.

Development is extremely important during the early years of childhood and it is essential to start instilling letter and number skills even at a young age. Instilling those skills does not have to be complicated, in fact, it can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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