How do you keep your children from putting things in their mouth??
If play turns into a power struggle and only frustrates the child when you try to guide them, its ok to let them know that its all done - for their safety - and that you can try again later.....and make sure you try again later so they have several opportunities to learn. Also make sure you give them a warning before just taking something away – “if you chose to put the gems in your mouth, you chose for them to be all done”. Remember, they are little and still developing impulse control - so sometimes that desire to put things in their mouth is way stronger than your request not to.
( I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes if you just let them get it out of their system by "allowing" it for a second - ask them to please spit it out - and then explain why it stays out of the mouth - they are more likely to cooperate).
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What is a Sensory Table/Bin?
Sensory activities provide children with another meaningful avenue for learning. A sensory table or a sensory tub full of various sensory materials is a worthwhile investment for hours of learning, exploring, and fun. Because children learn best by having "hands on" experiences with materials, sensory experiences are vital to young children's learning.
What is Child-Guided Play and How Do I Implement It?
- Get down on your child's level
- Observe to see where your child it taking his/her play
- Respond when your child interacts with you (verbal and non-verbal interactions)
- Join in, but don't take over
- Narrate or track the child's play from time to time - "Oh, you are scooping the beans".."You are pouring the beans"...etc (this lets them know you are fully present and it makes them feel valued and confident in their play - not to mention its great for language development with the little ones.)
- Repeat what the child says from time to time - "I poured the beans"/"Yes, you did pour the beans."
- Instead of "Good job" try using phrases like, "You sure do know how to scoop and pour." or "Look at the amazing tower you built." ( I also like "You must be so proud of yourself" in place of "Im so proud of you".)
- Allow them to play with things any way they want to (safely) - with no "right" or "wrong" way.
What is a typical day like for you?
There are a few things you have to remember - I am a PAHM and I only have ONE child - 2yr old son. Our days vary - trips to the grocery store, trips to the zoo or playground or park. Yes, I Do clean. I usually throw cleaning in when my son is napping or after he goes to bed.....or either he cleans with me if he wants to (he loves to spray the window cleaner, he loves to vacuum, he loves to dust, he loves to mop, he loves to help me load the washer/dryer). I have to admit, if anything suffers around here - its meals. This does not mean we eat fast food or junk (we dont), but fancy, well-planned meals only happen from time to time - we do a lot of grilling here (chicken and veggies - yum).. My son likes to help me cook, too....if he isn't helping, he plays alone or with his Daddy. ( I use nap time to prep for lunch and dinner) Anyway - here is what my day usually looks like....
- 6:00 - wake up (press snooze a few times, so really 6:20-ish LOL)
- 6:30 - My son typically wakes up at this time, but he likes to chill in his bed - he usually rolls out any time between 6:30/7:00
- 7:00 - Starbucks run - Mommy needs a CHAI
- 7:10-8:00 - Child guided play (i.e. - This means we do whatever he wants to do)
- 8:00 - make breakfast (he usually plays alone when I get breakfast ready)....eat
- 9:00 - Child guided Play (If I have something planned, we might do it at this time - he typically helps me set up - its part of the PROCESS. Sometimes we go for a walk or go to a playground)
- 10:00 - snack
- 11:30-1:00 - nap (nap time varies because sometimes he is asking to go down at 10:30....so he naps anywhere from 10:30 to 11:30 every day)
- 1:30 - lunch (that he never eats until 3:00 - I just save it for him if he is not interested at that time - children's eating schedules are typically NOT the same as an adult's schedule)
- 2:00-5:00 - Child guided play
- 5:00 - dinner prep....then we eat
- 6:00 - Child guided play
- 6:30 - bath
- 7:00 - books and bed (he is typically in bed by 7:30 every night)
For RL's routine click HERE
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