As an elementary teacher, some of the most common questions I get come from parents wondering how to start teaching the younger siblings of my students… think toddlers and pre-kindergarteners. I don’t consider myself an absolute expert in the area, but I have picked up some helpful information over the years. For example, I know it’s more effective to encourage learning by exposure and example far more than pushing beyond readiness. Where pushing creates resentment, exposure through play and fun creates natural curiosity. Here are some simple educational baby play ideas for raising an eager and capable learner.
Discovery baskets are collections of related items meant to give babies and toddlers a way to explore the world around them in a safe and supervised environment. They are especially focused on using the five senses rather than sight and hearing only as a child would be limited to with TVs. Learn more about this hands-on approach to learning and development here from CBC.