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Learning Time

I invite parents to check out how Alice learns, and get some "Learning Time" ideas for your own kids or daycare. It is mostly play based activities, which I usually think up on the spot. Kids of this age (0-6) still learn best through play activities, but there is a fine line between purely playing and having a focused learning experience. She thinks that learning math and reading are fun activities–partly because I never push it on her, and that it is a sure way to get my full attention for an indefinite period of time. I try to be a very animated fun Mom during the activities. If she wanders off into a state of distraction, I mildly scold her and let her know that we are no longer in "learning time" and that I have other things I need to do. That almost always pulls her back in. I only merge into playing-with-her after I feel she has actually learned something substantial. And at that point I really do merge into playing (on purpose!) to blur the line between work and play so that she keeps in her mind that learning is fun. I have no idea how this will merge into actual grade school. I'm learning as I go!
I invite parents to check out how Alice learns, and get some "Learning Time" ideas for your own kids or daycare. It is mostly play based activities, which I usually think up on the spot. Kids of this age (0-6) still learn best through pl...
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