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Hi. I'm just wondering how some of you moms helped your toddlers learn new words or numbers.??

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:05 PM on Mar. 14, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • New words come with hearing them.
    Describe everything you do and see: Look at that big brown dog. Doesn't his fur look soft and fluffy?
    Read books. Don't worry about the story. Point out things in the pictures. Ask her to point out things.
    A small bit of good TV a day can help too. Stick with 1/2 hour tops and pick shows like Curious George or Clifford. You are going for good messages, new situations, and simple stories.

    For numbers, count everything you do. Climbing steps at the park? Count them. Giving her 3 crackers for a treat? Count them.
    Most kids learn to repeat the number sequence long before they actually understand the concept of numbers or recognize any.

    Remember that vocabulary is far more important than ABCs, 123s, colors, or shapes at these ages. So is creative play (painting, glueing, etc) and exploring play (fill & dump, buiding towers, etc)

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:29 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • Oh - and if you do TV, watch WITH her. Help explain the story. Get excited at the exciting points. Clap and cheer when something good happens. Doing these help her learn to follow a story as well as learn new words.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:31 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • talk to her alot!!! Tell her what mommy is doing.. While giving her a bath say what you are washing. When Im at the store i love showing dd produce, telling her the color, the name, and letting her smell it & if we are actually buying it i wont mind her touching it... Go to the library. My dd loves picture encyclopedias, also the book brown brear brown bear. and there is a book called ABC by Dr. Seus. DD also loves Go.Do.Go it can teach colors & action words (up, down)

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 5:38 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • Talk, talk, talk, read, read,read, and watching tv with your child(ren) so you can talk/ask questions about what's going on.

    Answer by twinclubmom at 8:33 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

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