Thursday, January 1, 2009
Well, Ms. Shannon from Teaching TinyTots has some suggestions on toddler curriculum, and here they are!
I get asked lots about how to introduce the toddler to Letters, Shapes, Colors and Numbers! I taught in the toddler room at 2 different centers and did it 2 different ways! I've done both ways to my LO and she seems to like one way better then the other!
Do 2 letters, colors, shapes and numbers a month. So you would spend 2 weeks on each and so they would get through the alphabet a lot faster.
Pick a letter, color, shape and number for the month.
week 1: letter focus
week 2: number focus
week 3: shape/color focus
week 4 review all
example: Letter P: for the whole month do all throughout but you really focus on one primarily throughout the month, so you could do Penguins, Pigs, Photos, etc..., number go in order 1 thru ???, Color: Pink and Purple maybe , Shape.
Also I've read in many teaching magazines that you want to introduce them (toddlers and young 3's) to lower case first then after the can recognize all of them then do upper case! This is because over 90% of the written language is in lower case to the will recognize them first!
You can also start with the letters of their name too: so if your LO's name is Mike you would do M, I, K then E, then you can go on to last name letters etc...
I hope this helps some. The main idea is go with what you know your child likes and is around and the learning will happen! Make it fun and they will love learning! Don't force it and you will be amazed at what your LO's can learn and know!
You could also go literature based but that is a whole other post!:)
Posted by Jane Maritz at 10:00 PM