Monthly Archives: September 2016
Your child has an innate curiosity to explore and learn. Toddlers face a conundrum, stay next to Mommy or Daddy where it is safe or move away, crawling or walking to see something new. Usually the toddler chooses to move away, using those muscles and the new activity of crawling or walking so that she can understand the world around her.
Here in the US, we encourage our children to be independent. The act of crawling and walking is celebrated not only because of the new skill, but because with it we know comes more learning. As parents we might not always recognize the learning part, but it is there.
Alphabet books come in delightful sizes and themes. You can buy the ABCs in cardboard and paperback books. But what is better and free is finding the alphabet in everyday print. Children tend to first learn capital letters. Capital letters are often more important and seen more in everyday life.
Look for and talk about letters you find outside. Let’s take the ‘STOP’ sign at the end of the block. Ask your child what she thinks it says. Then touch the print and say, “This says Stop”. “S …T..O…P”. Look for some other print and do the same thing.
We read in the media that the number of children being hungry and living in poverty is growing. How can we, as a nation, stand to see/know that children are hungry? What is wrong with us as a society that we read the headlines and seem immune to the plight of so many children and families? We have become so used to people suffering and we elect to do nothing.