For toddlers, imitation marks a major milestone in their development. Acting just like adults is a giant step for them in exploring the world around them as well as towards learning all about themselves.
From around the age of 2, your child is developmentally ready to understand the one-to-one relationship between a numeral and objects. You can bolster their number recognition by tallying up totals as you get them dressed (e.g. one, two, three buttons), eating their dinner (e.g. there are 2 celery sticks on your plate), and shopping for groceries (e.g. I have 3 oranges, so I need one more to make 4). When you count, use your fingers, and encourage your child to copy you with their fingers.
Learning to count is a great introduction to mathematics for toddlers. Counting fingers and toes from one to ten is particularly fun when accompanied by rhymes such as "one, two, buckle my shoe" or popular songs like “The Ants go marching one by one, two by two…..”.
Although your 2-year-old may be able to recite the numbers one to ten in order, but the ability to truly count probably won't come until their preschool days, says Dr. Erin Seaton, a lecturer in the Department of Education at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.
Therefore, it is equally important for toddlers to recognize the numeric symbols of the numbers from one to ten and progress to the words corresponding to each number. The Montessori Method of teaching allows children to be able to recognize and spell the words they learnt way before they learn how to write.
Children can have tons of fun learning new skills of, matching numbers, letters and patterns as they go through the developmental milestone. Allow your child to have the creativity and imagination that they can acquire by letting them learn through play!
Article supplied by Precious Tots.