Friday, April 15, 2011

Teaching Shapes...for Toddlers!

Ok, like every mom I want my child to be completely up to speed on the learning bit...and even advanced.  *proud mama winks*  So I started thinking my 21 month old should learn shapes, but wait how old are they when they should know shapes?  After googling, and asking around I decided they learn all about shapes in kindergarten so probably around 2 or 2 and 1/2 would be a good time to start getting to know shapes. 

So I have like 3 different shapes books, 2 of which I bought at the dollar store or dollar at Target, and started introducing them to her.  Not interested...at all. 

While playing with stuffed animals we lined them all up in a circle (for no particular reason) and Princess thought that was so fun.  So I started telling her "let's sit in the circle."  She caught one.  Eager to play some more I asked her what this was.  THEN finally there was:

Me:  "What's this?"
Princess:  "Circle!"
Me:  "YAY! That's right!!!!!! Whooo hooo!"


I never thought I'd get so excited over the word circle.  But here I am writing all about it!  So I think I discovered a key:  Find different ways to teach (fun ways)

I started making circles everywhere.  Chalk, magnets, coloring, and whatever else I could find.  Then I went back to those books with her and Tada!  We're on to square and triangle next. 


Has anyone else found some successful ways to teach shapes?  I'd love any tips!


2 comments:

  1. You should try food. Like cutting veggies or cheese into the shapes

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  2. Wow she is really smart. Congrats on being such a great mommy and teaching her early.

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