Recently, we’ve been looking at different ways in which we can help bear with his development and learning. We were worried about his speech up until recently as he barely said any full words, although I was probably comparing him to other children his age a little too much. The one thing we haven’t quite established yet however, is colour. We have recently been attending a toddler group which lasted for 8 weeks and focused on the key aspects of development and learning for children who were walking up until 2 and a half years old. It was only a small group but meant it was much easier to do different activities. Each week would focus on something different such as numbers and counting, songs and rhyming, physical activity etc. There was a craft activity each week either painting or sticking and towards the end of the course, bear had really gotten into it and developed some skills. One thing I think he enjoyed the most though, was an activity where he had 6 different coloured bowls and lots of dinosaurs of the same colour and he had to put the coloured dinosaurs into the matching bowl. He got this straight away and he absolutely loved it (so much so, I’ve found the set that was used and added it to his Amazon Wishlist oops!) It was then that I realised how important it is for us to focus on the colour aspect of his learning as much as speech, numbers, letters etc.
In our living room, we have a raccoon pull along crate which contains some books for bear. My idea is to change the books in them every couple of months (or seasonally) so I really couldn’t miss out on putting together a box full of festive books for him. He loves having books in the living room, he is forever bringing them to me (though he has the attention span of a goldfish and just gets up as soon as I open the first page). But sometimes, I will find him sat on the floor with a little book babbling to himself whilst turning the pages. Of course I do sit down with him and read with him, as I said, sometimes he just gets back up but sometimes we can get through a couple pages. Back to the point. Last year, we did a book advent for him (though it didn’t go very well as we missed a few days so just opened them all) but I have picked up some books I’ve seen in shops this year with a festive theme and I honestly couldn’t wait for him to read them.
It’s no lie that reading is a huge thing in our house. I’ve been reading since early primary school; I was always way ahead of my age so I ended up having to read newspapers for my reading homework. My mum and nan always encouraged me to read and shared their love of reading, so it’s only right that I’m gonna pass that on to my little one(s). Bear already has a 3 shelf bookcase absolutely full of books. Kid has more books than me & he’s not even 1 yet…what happened there?! View Post