Tips On How To Establish Your Toddlers' Study Habits

destiny By destiny, 24th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Toddlers are quite hard to handle when it comes to studying because they have a very short attention span. Here are few tips on how you will be able to manage your child.

Let me first tell you something about myself and my children

I am not an Education graduate but a Psychology graduate,however, I'm proud to tell you that I was my children's first educator before they had their formal schooling.

My first child, her name is Alexandria, did not attend nursery school or also called kinder 1 in some preschools, because she can already write her name, letters, spell three to four letter words, she can read with comprehension, she can even add, subtract, multiply and divide, and she was also advance in Science at an early age of 3 years old and 4 months.

My second child, his name is Gwen, did not attend preschool at all. He was admitted to Grade 1 at the age of 5 years old and 10 months.

I was the only one who taught them and I want you to experience the same happiness, the reason why I decided to write this article. I still have my youngest to teach, but that will be in another article of mine.

Be ready all the time

Don't start your study session for the day, unless you have everything prepared. Always prepare your childs study table, pencil, crayon, and all other materials you will need for that session.

Make your child understand that he/she can only study using his study table or on any table. Do not allow him to do his/her lessons on bed or on floor. Discipline is important to establish study habits.

Before you sleep at night you should have your lesson plan. Lesson should only be good for a maximum of thirty (30) minutes. Basically, your lesson plan for a toddler will only include: Set A ; a letter (capital and small),one color, one animal or insect, and vegetable that your child needs to trace and color or Set B; a number,one color,a shape and a fruit that your child will trace and color. These can be done alternately and will definitely cover English, Math,Science, and Writing.

For letters always include the capital and small letter and teach your child the sound of the letter. I suggest that you teach your child the vowel letters first and its' sound before you introduce consonants. Do some writing exercises for the letter by using a dotted line or a broken line, same with numbers, so that your child will be able to practice writing it. You may check this link to see some examples of worksheets, . I highly suggest the site, it was really good and you can simply print it out.

Set your timer

Don't forget to always set your timer before you start the lessons. Set your timer to thirty (30) minutes only, no more no less. You should have a goal to finish the lesson within thirty minutes or less as your child's educator.

You might ask why thirty (30) minutes? That is because you will teach a toddler or children below four years old and they have a very short attention span.

Setting a time goal will actually discipline your child and will make him fast with his tasks. Once your child understood the reason why he's being timed, he will have a goal as well which is actually where study habits will begin.

Remind your child that he needs to do well

Give the instructions first to your child before you start the activity, one instruction at a time. Always remind your child that he needs to answer the task correctly and to do it the most that he/she can, but don't be a perfectionist, there's always room for mistakes in order for your child to improve.

Make sure that your child understands you before you ask him/her to answer. You can always do the first one or help him/her with the first number to help your child understand the instruction, but let your child finish the task.

Don't pressure your child too much, thirty minutes is enough for the day. Even if you think your child can take another session, please don't.

After the lesson for the day

Remember, if there's work, there should also be play. These two should be in balance and harmony.

Since your child is actually in the process of learning, you can provide him/her educational toys or colorful flash cards of alphabet with pictures, colorful flash cards of shapes, animals, fruits, vegetables, vehicles and so on that will teach and broaden his/her knowledge while he /she is playing, of course, you should be beside your child while playing in order to intensify learning. Do not let your child realize that you are actually teaching him/her again, don't be too obvious, have fun!

Again, this educational play session should not be more than thirty (30) minutes.God bless and good luck!


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I'm a graduate of Psychology...I love teaching and I love sharing new ideas to others, love to share what I know to help others...I just love it much much much...

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