6 Ways to Promote Your Toddler’s Cognitive Development
When your child moves out of the baby stage and becomes a toddler, it’s an exciting time. Your child is growing and discovering the world. He can move and explore in ways he couldn’t before. Of course, this brings new challenges – like keeping him safe – but it also brings new ways to promote your toddler’s cognitive development.
At Montessori Kids Universe of Mason, we build development activities like Yoga, cooking, foreign language, music and gardening into our early education curriculum. Our approach, which combines time-tested Montessori and Reggio Emilia methods, helps your toddler learn critical cognitive, emotional and social skills for success in school and life. Maria Montessori, creator of the Montessori method said, “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to age six.”
As a Montessori preschool, we know the value of early education and have gathered six ways you can help your toddler’s cognitive development. A Montessori preschool is so much more than a daycare.
- Read to your toddler – As a baby, reading helps her begin understanding language and sounds. As she grows, so does her interest in books. Reading helps your toddler learn language skills, begin to develop comprehension and spark imagination.
- Visit a museum – Visiting interesting places expands her world and introduces new experiences. Try museums that have interactive exhibits. For example, Cincinnati Museum Center has a large children’s museum designed to encourage learning through play.
- Take a trip to the zoo – Toddlers already have an inherent interest in animals. They’re drawn to the way they look and move, and the sounds they make. Being able see the animals they’ve read about in books will help connect to the world around them. We’re lucky in Ohio to have two award-winning zoos in our backyard – the Cincinnati Zoo and Columbus Zoo.
- Use Problem-Solving toys – Toddlers learn through play and toys like puzzles help them problem solve. For example, if a puzzle piece doesn’t fit, a child will try another one or put the piece in a different spot. Toys with pieces to sort help children realize things belong in groups – which lays a math foundation.
- Sing songs – Music helps with sensory enhancement, social skills, language, emotion and more. Songs with motion like “I’m a little teapot” tend to be favorites as well as silly songs like “Down by the Bay.”
- Encourage them to ask questions – Toddlers are constantly seeking information by asking questions. It not only helps them understand the world but develops critical thinking and communication skills. As a parent, you’ll be their main source of information in early education. Don’t know the answer? That’s OK! Discover it together.
Montessori Preschool in Mason
Want to learn more about how our unique environment combines the best in learning and childcare for your toddler? We invite you to schedule a tour to see our modern facility and meet our caring, trained and certified teachers. We are part of the Montessori Kids Universe franchise and members of the Cincinnati Montessori Society.
We look forward to meeting you and your child!