Learn Anywhere…Learn Anytime…Learn Everything! Parenting Expert to Mom was created to help parents fit learning for little ones into their day no matter how busy life gets!
Learning can take place anywhere! If you look at the world through a child’s eyes there is so much to learn. The list below contains examples of environments that provide children with new experiences that will encourage development.
- Grocery Store
- Doctor’s Office
- Laundry Mat
If you go to any of these places…then your are in luck! Learning can take place almost anywhere even in the comfort of your own home. With mindful parenting you can teach your child anywhere!
In today’s world it can seem like your “to do” list is never-ending. Taking time out to “teach” your young child may not fit into your schedule as easily as you had hoped. Everyone is busy but there is ALWAYS time to teach your child something new. You can encourage your child’s development while doing daily tasks such as laundry, cooking, or going for a walk. Take a look at the list below and check off how many of these you do a day:
- Grocery Shop
- Work Out
- Bathe Your Child
- Feed Your Child
- Get Your Child Dressed
- Change A Diaper
- Go For A Walk
- Drive In Your Car
- Put Makeup on
- Run Errands
If you are doing any of the things on the list above then you definitely have time to teach your child something new. The purpose of this site is to help parents find times to teach their children throughout the day by using simple strategies. This is something that you can fit into your schedule and will help your child learn without taking up tons of time.
Here are some ways to add learning to what you are ALREADY doing:
Child development can be broken down into 5 main areas including: Cognition, Communication, Motor, Social Emotional, and Adaptive. All skills from a baby making eye contact with his mother to a toddler being able to feed himself with a fork fit into one of these categories. The posts on this site will be linked to one, two, or even all of these categories depending on what skills are being targeted. Let’s take a more in-depth look at each area of development.
This area is made of the skills that your little one needs to solve problems and process new information. Early literacy skills are also included in this domain as your little one starts to explore books and environmental print.
The skills needed to express a child’s needs and wants are included in expressive language skills. This could include pointing to what they want or saying the name of their favorite toy. Communication also includes how a child follows directions and understands words which is called receptive language.
Jumping, climbing, rolling, and sitting are just a few of the skills that make up the area of gross motor. Fine motor skills include controlling smaller muscle movements such as those needed to turn a page in a book or color with a crayon.
How your child interacts with both adults and other children make up the skills in the social emotional domain. Managing and regulating emotions are also targeted in this area.
Skills that help your little one become independent in daily routines are the ones that make up this domain. They range from an infant being able to nurse to your toddler pulling his shirt over his head.
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