Monday, June 10, 2013

Homeschool Lounge: Ilm seeking tots! Teaching Toddlers: The ABC's Part 1


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peace & mercy upon the Prophet, his family, his companions, and on all of those who follow them in truth until The Last Day. Aameen

As salaamu alaykunna!!!!

Our topic today is: Ilm seeking tots!

Today we are going to talk about various ways to teach toddlers.
Fun. Fun. Fun!

What are toddlers exactly? We use the word often........but whose considered a toddler in the first place?

According to wiki:

A toddler is a child between the ages of one and three. The toddler years are a time of great cognitive, emotional and social development.

Questions are often ask of me:

How do I teach my toddler?

What do I teach my toddler?

How early is it to formally educate my child?

Where do I begin?

All of these are very good questions and I look forward to sharing my own ideas and you guys can share your input as well :)

I personally in my life find it best to teach early. Anyone who knows me know that I am a firm believer that babies can learn and be taught various subjects.

I started homeschooling all of my kids when they was 9 months old. Now you are probably wondering: "How do you teach a 9 month old?"

Each child was different. I taught my eldest first using sign language. It was one of the most interesting, and mind blowing experience I ever had teaching a child. My daughter was able to communicate with me before her mouth could! I took the time to teach various words like: "No", "water", "eat", "stop", "play", "potty" etc.

Once my eldest was able to communicate - signing disappeared.  She still knows her signs but they aren't a big part of her life now.

A few things to teach a toddler is the ABC's.

You have to think simple with toddlers - you are going back to basics. Make it fun, fun, fun and fun!

I for one taught my eldest ABC's and whole words. 

I taught my other children whole words and they picked up on ABC's eventually (perhaps in our conversations and book reading)

I will list some activities you can do to teach the Abc's Inshaa Allaah

1. ABC Sensory Bin

A fun and stressful free way to teach the ABC's is to do sensory bins. 

Sensory bins are so much fun! You can Pinterest and see so many ways to design a sensory bin- you can go through each letter of the alphabet doing a different sensory bin each week to go with the letter ......for example if you are on the letter "L" for the whole week you can do letter "L" themed activities. And make a letter "L" sensory bin

2. Chicka chicka boom boom the situation!

There is a lovely book that goes over the ABC's and from this book you can make your own tree 

Have the kids each week put the letters on the tree that you are going over. So if the week is all about the letter "A" then have the toddler place the letter A on the tree and proceed to do various "A" activities - while going over the book each week 

and 3. I spy bottles

I love these bottles and they are fun and easy to make. Take the time to put the alphabet in the bottles and have the kids out loud say what letters they spy with their little eyes!

Fill the bottles up with rice, cereal, beads, etc. the possibilities are endless Ma shaa Allaah

Tips for teaching the ABC's: 

A. Appreciate & Accept the fact that your toddler is their own person and may not learn the same as everyone else.

B. Be a part of the experience instead of simply just "teaching" it. Meaning - participate!

C. Consistency is the key! Keep being consistent in teaching the ABC's and your toddler will In Shaa Allaah pick it up!

D. Dare to make it fun!!!! You don't have to be a "bore" to teach - have fun ladies, laugh, joke, and your child will enjoy the learning experience.

E. Enforce what you are teaching by reading to your child everyday. So make your own board books or go to your local library and spend each night reading to your child about the ABC's  

1 comment:

  1. MashaAllah, what great ideas! I love the sensory bins especially. We have lots of alphabet books at home and talk about letters all the time. Letters and numbers are integrated into our day, so my toddler doesn't even know it's a "lesson". In sha Allah it proves to be fruitful. :)


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