I've been on the lookout for quite sometime for something I can do/play with Emma to implement a learning time during the day.
Since we are considering homeschooling, I need to get a schedule in place early and although Emma is only two, I don't think children are ever too young to learn. Not to mention, for me, it's never too early to start a habit of it for her!
There are a ton of books on the market for the toddler age range that incorporate learning into games and/or crafts. In fact, I love the Dollar Trees selection of pre-K workbooks that teach colors, shapes, numbers, letters. We have a ton of those.
But one thing that I just recently came across is BrainQuest. I happened upon them at a children's consignment shop and they are so fun! We got the 2-3 age range, but they go on up to age 13.
Basically, for our particular set, it's about vocabulary development. Max the Monkey is the star of the show and through a series of familiar places and activities (like getting up, lunch time, nap time, etc) he encourages conversation with your toddler, thus widening their vocabulary.
On the getting up card, you might see Max sitting up in his bed in his room and the following questions.
1) Who just woke up?
2) What is Max wearing?
3) What do you see in his room?
Simple to us, but oh so stimulating to your child. And in my opinion, not only is it teaching words, it also teaches what to do during specific times of day or how to act in certain situations as it walks them through a variety of events.
Emma loves it, too! This is a special time that she gets to sit down with mommy and "talk"! What a great way to coincide learning with a time of bonding as well!
So check it out at brainquest.com for more details and their entire product line.
By the way...
BrainQuest has no idea who I am. Nor was I reimbursed in anyway for this post. I simply found a product that I love and wanted to pass it along!
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