Two Years to Three
While toddlers were off discovering the world and trying to experience everything possible, your 2-year-old is more selective, purposeful, determined, and even harder to manage. Your child may get attached to a stuffed animal, doll, or other object like a blanket. With an increase in attention span, his or her play will become much richer than before. Take advantage of this new level of awareness and participate in interesting play activities.
– adapted from Constructive Parenting by Sally Goldberg, p. 48
Time to get out the simple matching games or make up your own. Enjoy the delight of sharing with your child real play and basic activities that are results-oriented. Sort the clothes together and match the socks. Divide the silverware in appropriate trays and put simple puzzles back together.
At home you have the advantage of access to many different kinds of hands-on interactive activities. We all know that TV and computers are right there full of all kinds of teaching games. However, it is important to keep in mind that when it comes to literacy, it must come from participating in real conversations that include both speaking and listening and from real visual experiences that consist of some form of actual reading and writing.
NOTE: Find out more about emergent literacy at emergent-literacy.com.