This afternoon, I took our toddler to the park. We spend a lot of our days walking on the trail and reading the book that the local library has on display. Today, we did more off trail exploring! I realized recently that I focus a lot on structured learning and decided to just do more of what our son wants to do. He’s only 17 months (almost) and has plenty of years to deal with structured learning. For now, we’re back to primarily focusing on playing and enjoying watching him learn. Of course, books will remain a priority…
As he wandered around the park, I noticed all the things he was taking in and learning:
- Social Interactions: People often stop over and want to talk to our son. He’s usually in a good mood and loves to say Hi and Bye Bye to everyone he sees. If there is a dog or another child in the mix-he’s captivated!
- Colors & Textures: Today, I watched as he examined each leaf or stick that he picked up.
- Weight: It was fun to observe him attempting to lift a large log and the effort he needed to put forth to actually carry it.
- Wildlife: Birds have always been a favorite, but now our son enjoys watching the squirrels run up and down the trees at the park.
- Vocabulary: We continue to practice saying words as he takes in his surrounding-tree, stick, leaves, squirrel, etc.