WHAT TO TEACH A 2 YEAR OLD
Knowing what to teach a 2 year old is very important to enhance the quality of his life. When your child is two years old, he enjoys being with you. Spend time with him and providing opportunities for him to learn. These are some ways you can encourage your child to learn:
- Don’t restrict him too much. Allow your child to explore freely, but under your supervision.
- Name an object and ask your child to remember it. When he is settled at an activity, tell him something to remember, perhaps a type of food or a piece of clothing. After several minutes, ask him to recall the item you mentioned.
- Read lots of stories to him. You’ll find that he not only listens attentively, but he asks a lot of questions about the events in the story you read to him. Every so often ask him what he thinks will happen next.
- Show him photographs. Ask him to identify the people in the snapshots and then ask him if he knows where the picture was taken. If necessary, prompt him in order to jog his memory. He will enjoy this activity.
- Practice color matching. When you dress your child in the morning, set out three garments of different colors. Hold up a red item and say to your child,” Bring a shirt the same color as this.” He may get it right.
At two and a half years:
Your child’s learning skills become more advanced. His memory would have improved. He has an increasing ability to interpret the meaning of his experiences. He has a vivid imagination, sound use of language and a higher level of concentration.
- Teach early number concepts. Hand your child one toy car and say “that’s one for you”. Then hand another and say “that’s two for you.” Your child may understand numbers up to three or four, even at this young age.
- Give him sorting activities. For instance, ask your child to put his toy animals in one place and his toy people in another. You will find that he can achieve this as long as he thinks carefully.
- Continue to take an interest in his learning. He may be older and more mature, but he still needs you to be proud of his attainments and to praise him when he learns something new. You child wants your approval.
- Help him form classification. For instance say, “tell me what you like to eat”, and when he has named a few items, ask him to tell you more. If he includes a non-food product, say,” No, you don’t eat that”.
- Teach him to recognize his name in writing: Initially, he won’t be able to tell the difference between his name and other written words. Point it out to him and encourage him to find the same word elsewhere on the piece of paper.
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