Since Lily is as smart as a whip, I’ve decided to take her smarts to the next level. She’s known her colors and basic shapes for a while, and she can count to 10 and recite an almost perfect version of the alphabet. Even though she can do those things, she doesn’t necessarily know what they mean or why she’s learned them. With the help a few recent purchases, I’m hoping to teach Lil how to recognize her letters and numbers, and also develop some other skills along the way, with the use of some neat little workbooks I found. She loves structure and activities that make her think, so I think that setting aside an hour or 2 of our day to learn some cool new stuff will do her good. Never ever do I want to force her or make things not fun, so if she hates it, then we’ll figure something else out. But I have a feeling that she’s gonna love it, and knowing her, she’ll blow through the workbooks in no time.
Here’s what’s going to be delivered to our house in about a week:
LeapFrog: Learning DVD Set (Let’s Go to School, Letter Factory, Talking Words Factory) with Flash Cards
Let’s keep it real. Most of us have said that we’re never gonna let our kids watch television and bla bla bla…. then the kid shows up and we eat those words like a jar of Nutella. The things is, Lily likes watching television, and she’s not glued to it all day like some zombie child, but she does watch it, so I’ve got no problem with replacing a little bit of Dora with these new DVDs. We’ll watch them together, talk about them, play with the flash cards, and have a good ol’ time. She’s downloaded the LeapFrog guy on my Kindle Netflix app before ( I know, I know…toddlers these days), and she loves to sing along with him, so these particular videos will be something I know she’ll enjoy. She’s had many, many LeapFrog toys in her little life and they’re very engaging and fun, and they’re all educational, so I have no doubt these videos are going to be a perfect fit for Miss Lily. Here are a few of her all-time favorite LeapFrog toys: Violet, Picnic Basket, Learn and Groove, Cell Phone, Shopper. Anytime I make a purchase online, I always rely on the user reviews before I click purchase. These DVDs have a perfect 5 star rating, so I’m confident that they’ll be great for us.
Preschool Scholar & Preschool Basics Workbooks
After a lot of digging on Amazon, I finally found a couple of workbooks that will most likely be a good fit for Lily. Obviously, I know she’s far from being able to write her letters and numbers, so I got workbooks that focusing on circling the correct answer and tracing lines- 2 things I know she’ll be able to do. There are Math exercises where she’ll have to circle a specific amount of objects, and there are Science exercises where she’ll have to draw a line connecting the correct mommy and baby animal. Of course, she’ll be tracing letters and numbers as well. I saw excerpts from both of the books, and they look just like something that’ll grab her attention.
So that’s what I’ve got. It’s not much, but it’s a start to get the gears turning. I think kids like to be challenged, and hopefully, these 3 items can do just that for Lily.Watching her grow and learn and feel proud of herself is one of the best parts of being her Momma, so I’ll be waiting anxiously for those 3 little packages to land on our doorstep.
Do you guys do any learning at home? What materials do you use? I’d love to her what you guys have up your sleeves.