Trying to get kids to focus while reading a book, practicing letters, colors, numbers, weekdays..you name it and it’s challenging. Not even for just young toddlers, but also those school aged kids who don’t care to do any school work after spending a whole day at school. I myself was researching ways to get my toddler to pay attention when I tried to spend one on one education time with him and it’s tough..but an amazing friend of mine who is a teacher and mother of two kids gave me the best teacher’s tip to help me get my child to focus and learn on his own. Thanks Sanna!
She told me to put posters up in the house at Ayven’s eye level so that it is something he will see everyday. I’m not talking about posters of their favorite cartoon or celebrity, but educational posters that teachers use in their classrooms. Depending on your child’s age you can put simple colors and numbers or if he/she is older you can do math posters, reading posters, pattern matching posters, or anything else your child is wanting to learn at that time.
From experience, I can tell you Ayven has picked up so much from those posters since he sees them everyday. Sometimes I find him practicing his letters and months by himself..I had a total “Proud Mommy Moment”
Here some examples of posters. If you want to buy any of these..they are directly linked to Amazon so you can purchase it here!
Here are some places where I placed the posters..totally messing up the decor in my house but I guess that’s life with kids
- In his room at his eye level
- In the bathroom, when he is going potty he practices his charts
- In the playroom
- In our loft, as he walks through there, I always catch him going through the colors chart
- In our dining room, sometimes when he fights me to eat..these posters are a great distraction for him
- Every night before bed, Ayven get’s to choose which poster in his room he wants to go over with mommy or daddy. It’s turned into part of our bedtime routine and he get’s so excited about it.
- I make up a song for certain charts, such as the weekdays chart. It’s amazing how turning something into a song absorbs so much quicker in a child’s brain.
- I use real world objects with the charts. For example on the counting charts,we pick a number and he has to find that number of duckies in the house. For older kids if you are doing math, you can get them to find objects and practice adding or subtracting.
- Since the charts are at eye level, I tell him to be the teacher and he teaches me the information on the chart. I ask questions to him that will show me that he really understands the information. Here is an example. For the ABC Chart..he reads them to me. Then I ask him to find the letter D, he shows me, then I ask him to tell me 3 words that start with the letter D, then I ask him to find something in the house that starts with the letter D. It’s a great game to play with them!
Hope this activity is as fun for you as it has been for my family