Keep it fun.
Do not fall for the workbooks and flashcards - those are great ways to teach a school age kid something he has to learn for a test that week, but they are a rotten way to teach toddlers and preschoolers. Kids this age learn through PLAY, not drills. If you push too hard, she will rebel and refuse to learn what you are pushing, something you will have to work to overcome when she enters school.
Try the toddler section at www.LetterOfTheWeek.com for ideas. But don't hesitate to make up silly games of your own. And don't hesitate to get messy. "Draw" shapes and pictures in a shallow pan of pudding or corn meal for example.
And give her plenty of free play time each day. All kids learn better when they have lots of play time but this age group learns a lot while playing. They role-play with their toys, learn basic science, experiment, and grow - all while playing.
at 12:00 PM on Jun. 16, 2009