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Learning Before the Classroom

Learning can start before going to school.

It’s back-to-school season; however, just because your child’s not old enough for the classroom doesn’t mean he or she is too young to learn. Learn how to nurture every aspect of your toddler’s developing brain.

Smell: What’s that Smell?

Soak cotton balls in various smelly things like vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, soap and more. Put them in cups and have your child smell them. Work on developing vocabulary to describe the differences between them.


Sight: Play I Spy

Explore the world around you with your child by playing I Spy. Note the things you see aloud to your child and try keeping a list with him or her. This can be done indoors or out.


Touch: Build It

Whether the material is Legos, building blocks, cushions or book, work with your child to build a structure. Help your child experiment with different textures and weights and learn about balance.


Sound: Make Shakers

Use empty plastic bottles or other nonbreakable containers to make shakers with your child by filling them with different items to produce different sounds when shaking. See the quietest and loudest thing you can fill them with. Plus, it’s a fun way to breathe new life into recyclables.


Taste: Explore the Supermarket

Invite your child to explore in the produce aisle and pick a couple unfamiliar things he or she wants to try. Do taste test at home and explore new flavors. Use this opportunity to teach about sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami.


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