Get down to your child's level when talking to them. Its easier to talk to each other if you are face to face. Whether it be playing on the floor or the grass, kneeling at bath time or sitting together at meal times. Being down at your child's level makes it easier to keep eye contact when talking together.
Top tips for 2 year olds:
Remember I am only 2 years old; I may have only been walking for a few months or just starting to talk. Please remember to have realistic expectations of what I should be doing.
Weekly Makaton Signs:
Goodbye, Hello, Thank you and their names.
Celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the Rooster. The children are now very familiar with how the 12 signs of the zodiac became each animal. The props have been out for the children to retell the story themselves. This helps them to understand how a story is constructed, there is a beginning, a middle and an end. There are also numbers 1 - 12, animals, sounds of animals, and how can we move like the animals such as slithering for the snake, flapping for the chicken and stomping for the horse. We also had a get together to share the New Year celebrations with our families.
Sharing the story of, wishing everyone a Happy New Year and enjoying a feast.
All kinds of weather from frost and crispy underfoot and water that didn't splash, you could bang it with a stick. To squishy, Squelchy mud, we can't go over it, we can't go under it , just gotta go through it! Throwing logs into the ditch. The bigger the log the bigger the splash. Watch out! What was that? you are not supposed to throw yourself in, what a splash - Really good reactions from the child how feel in, no tears, he took it all in his stride and was extremely proud of himself for making the biggest splash:)
Big blue barrels! what fun, rolling around inside them, sitting on top and realising how to stay atop, that if you moved your body to distribute your weight you could balance. This encourages critical thinking, physical movement.
We had a visit from a puppy called Bella. The children learnt how to be gentle and not make loud noises as Bella would be frightened.