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how do i get my 2yr old to retain information.

my son just turned 2 and i was wondering how i go about teaching him the basics like color shapes numbers..ive tried flash cards and games but he just doesnt seem to retain the home all week with him and it seems the only things he has memories of are the movies he gets to watch twice a day...(im not a huge fan of kids watching tv all day) i interact with him when he allows it but most of the time he just wanders off by himself and plays..any POSITIVE suggestions would be great..keep the Negative ones to your selves please...


Asked by connorsmom22607 at 3:33 PM on Feb. 24, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Instead of actually "teaching" teaching those things, I would just try to bring them up through out your normal days. Such as, when he's getting dressed in the morning, ask him what color of shirt her wants to wear that day, or while your coloring together, ask him to hand you the brown crayon or ask him if you should color the tail blue. is a free, fun interactive website for the little ones although your LO might be to young for it, check it out

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:53 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • Repetition is the key. My daughter turned 2 the day after Christmas and can sing her ABC's b/c we have sung them to her everyday of her life. We sing a lot and she seems to learn a lot through songs too such as Old MacDonald Had A Farm. Also, books are good too if he'll sit still long enough.

    Answer by momoflilangel at 3:41 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • Children don't have long term memory developed at this age - or rather, it's JUST starting. Repetition and positive reinforcement is the key. Memories attached to strong emotions are retained better than memories with little or no emotion, so make it fun. Also, try to integrate as many senses as possible when teaching something to kids - the more sensory input, the better the retention. Some suggestions would be jumping on little rugs of different colors, shapes and sizes - calling out the names simultaneously - this would use sight, sound and touch sensory input, thereby "tripling" the the sensory imput/neural connections for those colors, shapes, etc...

    Answer by JPsMommy605 at 3:53 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • Flash cards, workbooks, and sit-down-let's-learn-time are not age appropriate.
    You just work these into daily life. Asking him to bring you his yellow truck. Pointing out the big, brown dog. Counting steps as you climb.
    Remember, preschools teach these things and don't expect kids to show up knowing them. Yes, it's wonderful if they do and you should try, but it's not required and many kids aren't interested in them at this young age.
    What do preschools want them to know? Life skills. How to dress themselves, how to carry a plate without spilling, how to help, how to listen to and follow directions. Let him help you. Give him old clothes to play with. Make any and all learning fun and hands-on.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:03 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • Oh, and instead of movies, let him watch PBS shows. WordWorld and SuperWhy are great for learning letters. Curious George has good problem solving and some science. Clifford and Barney teach sharing and caring.
    I'd also look into some Mommy & Me classes. Let him start exploring new things like bowling, ice skating, toddler gymnastics, storytime at the library.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:06 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • Just incorporate all the educational stuff into his everyday life. Try to make it interesting, for ex: if you are trying to teach alphabet, select one alphabet for the day and point out everything that begins with it and use playdough to create that shape etc.
    Also you can try getting those color, alphabet and number puzzles.. my daughter loves doing puzzles and thats how she learned all her alphabets. She turned 2 on christmas day and she can recognize all the alphabets now. Try those melissa and dough peg puzzles... I love them.
    Besides kids learn stuff when they want to and when they are interested in that... he is still very young... My kid didn't want to do anything with colors until she turned 18 months although I used to show her colors since she turned 1 and finally within a week she seemed to recognize all the colors... so dont worry about it...

    Answer by SweKrish at 4:27 PM on Feb. 24, 2009