Our son does not go to daycare. However, the majority of my friends kids do. I started to wonder what my son was missing out on from an educational perspective. Then, I wanted to know what I could do about it. Also, I’m always looking for ways to give our son a head start in general, so I wanted to know what was out there for teaching a baby.
So, once again, I turned to my sister-in-law for advice. (If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll recall she also suggested Diaper Free Before Three, which we’ve had major success with. You can read more about our experience over at this post.) She recommended the book Slow and Steady Get Me Ready by June Oberlander. This book made my Top Six Books For Blissful Moms. It has great suggestions for things to do with your baby up until the age of five. I like that they aren’t overly elaborate ideas and usually can be done with items you already have around your home. Also, they aren’t very time-consuming, so they are easy to add into your daily schedule. These activities help to develop skills at age appropriate times. I really like that each activity lists out what it will develop at the end of the instructions. Then, I watch how these skills continue to grow. It truly is amazing how fast they learn. An added bonus: I’ve found that many of these activities show up on the Ages and Stages Questionnaire that we fill out prior to any appointments with the pediatrician.
Our son is almost one and I have to admit that we haven’t been as consistent as I would have liked with the weekly activities. So, for the month of June, my goal is to focus on completing the weekly activity. Ultimately, I want to get us in to the habit of doing this consistently so that we are back on track for One-Two years. Today, I started with week 52 and my son loved every moment of the activity. The activity consisted of placing five objects in and out of a box, focusing on the items names, and emphasizing the concepts of “in” and “out”. It’s amazing what such a simple activity develops. Slow and Steady Get Me Ready lists the following:
- language development in naming objects
- enhances the sense of touch
- eye-hand coordination
- an awareness of the concepts of “in” and “out”
Tomorrow, we will repeat this activity. Slow and Steady…