Counting On Fingers

Counting On Fingers

Counting on fingers seems like such a simple way to teach babies their first numbers. Can you believe there is actually real educational value in the technique? In fact, evidence from brain science suggests that counting on fingers is essential for mathematical achievement.

Jo Boaler, a professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, in her article in The Atlantic says researchers found first graders with a strong knowledge of their fingers scored higher on number comparison and estimation in the second grade.

The researchers found that when 6-year-olds improved their ability to count on fingers, they improved their overall knowledge of math. In particular, with skills such as counting and number ordering.

In fact, the quality of the 6-year-old’s finger counting was a better predictor of future performance on math tests than their scores on tests of cognitive processing through thoughts, experiences, and senses.

Finger research is part of a larger body of research that has looked at the importance of visual math. Researchers have discovered that our mathematical thinking is grounded in visual processing. Many scholars believe that students who develop their visual mind will be well equipped for the new high tech workplace.

Start early by encouraging  visual math with counting on fingers and Teach My Baby First Numbers. The Teach My Baby First Numbers set introduces your baby to numbers and counting to 5. By using a hand and finger puppets, the concept of counting on fingers becomes real.

In just 20 minutes a day, your baby can master their first numbers. Use the coordinated book, storyboard and five finger puppets together to encourage early education, interaction and fun, educational play. Teach My Baby First Numbers has everything you need to encourage counting on fingers, give your baby’s numeracy skills a head start and teach counting!

Counting On Fingers


Headstart Preschool

Headstart Preschool

Are you wondering how to create a headstart preschool learning environment in your own home? Parents and caregivers are often wondering what skills their little ones will learn or need to know for preschool. TeachersPayTeachers have created a great list called ‘My Preschool Goals’. Parents can use the checklist as a way to engage in a little headstart preschool at home.

Here is the list of goals that TeachersPayTeachers feel are necessary for preschool.

  1. I Can Write My Name
  2. I Know My Colors
  3. I Know All Of The Letter Names
  4. I Know All The Letter Sounds
  5. I Can Listen To A Story And Tell What It Is About
  6. I Can Draw A Picture And Tell A Story To Match
  7. I Can Rhyme
  8. I Can Identify The Beginning Sound Of A Word
  9. I Can Segment Words
  10. I Can Identify Shapes
  11. I Can Complete A Pattern
  12. I Can Write The Numbers 1-10
  13. I Can Count And Tell How Many
  14. I Can Count To 20
  15. I Know My Birthday
  16. I Know My Phone Number

Engage in some focused, one-on-one learning time every day. In just 20 minutes a day, your little one can master the basics and check off the list of goals.

The Preschool Goal Checklist can help create a headstart preschool environment in your own home. Also, both, Teach My Toddler and Teach My Preschooler have all of the tools necessary to teach the basics and the kits can build a headstart preschool feel into your everyday life. Visit for full information on the award winning learning kits and sets for kids 6 months to 6 years!

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Headstart Preschool


What Motivates Your Child?

According to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), self-motivated children are more involved in their own learning and development. So , what motivates your child?

A child is more likely to learn when they believe they are pleasing themselves and not their parents. Parents should guide, while still giving lots of freedom and options. Children that are persistent, challenge oriented and independent tend to be self-motivated.

What motivates your child and some tips on creating self-motivation:

Environment: Provide an environment that allows children to freely explore.

Persistence: Allow children lots of time to work on a task. Make sure they can finish and resist the natural urge to “help”!

Independence: Allow for as much independence as possible, when working on the task.

Interact with adults: Provide as many opportunities as possible for children to interact with adults directly.

Challenge: Provide situations that give challenges.  Activities that are slightly difficult for the child will be more motivating and provide for stronger feelings of success when accomplished.

Evaluation: Give children opportunities to evaluate their own accomplishments. Ask “What do YOU think?”

Ration Rewards: Do not use excessive rewards. Rewards can undermine a child’s ability to value themselves. Praise and rewards should be based upon effort and persistence, rather than on the actual accomplishment.

Most importantly, when considering what motivates your child, the habits and attitudes toward learning that are formed in these early years set the tone for future learning.

The Child Development Institute also has a great list of 8 ways to encourage self-motivation in your child.

Encourage self-motivation with Teach My Preschooler – the multi award-winning all-in-one learning kit for preschoolers 3 years+ The kit is divided into four sections to teach your preschooler – Reading, Printing, Numbers 1 to 100 and Math. Requiring no batteries or DVDs, the kit has an assortment of everything necessary for to teach the basics. Full of Pre K activities, the kit has fully-coordinated books, flashcards, posters, a print guide and magic drawing board, all in a case.

What Motivates Your Child


Sight Words For Kindergarten

Sight words for kindergarten – Dolch or Fry? The Dolch sight words for kindergarten list contains frequently used English words compiled by Edward William Dolch. The list was prepared in 1936. Dolch compiled the list based on children’s books of his era. The list contains 220 “service words” that were said to be found in 50% to 75% of all schoolbooks, library books, newspapers, and magazines.

In 1996, Dr. Edward B. Fry expanded on Dolch’s sight words for kindergarten lists and published a book titled, Fry 1000 Instant Words. The Fry Sight Words list is considered a more modern list of words than the Dolch list. Fry’s research found that just 100 words make up approximately half of all published text found in children’s books, novels, articles and textbooks. Therefore, it is important for kindergarteners to instantly recognize these words by sight in order to build up their reading fluency.

After consulting with 1st grade teachers, researching and aiming to be as modern as possible, our newest learning kit, Teach My Kindergartener includes Fry’s first 100 sight words for kindergarten in the spelling set.

An important element of learning to spell is repetition. By reading, building and printing each of Fry’s First 100 spelling words, your kindergartener can master spelling quickly. Teach My Kindergartener Spelling includes a purpose-built spelling board that allows kindergarteners to read, build and print each spelling word. By using a spelling board with the flashcards, magnetic letters and wipe-off crayons, your kindergartener can master 100+ spelling words with repetition and practice.

Find Fry’s sight words for kindergarten inside the all new Teach My Kindergartener Learning Kit. Designed for ages 4+, the kit contains unique and coordinated tools to teach spelling, money, telling time and the year. Your kindergartener can master 100 spelling words, counting money, analog and digital time as well as days of the week, months of the year, dates, years, weather and seasons. Teach My Kindergartener aims to promote school readiness and a head start for kindergarten, in just 20 minutes a day.





Flying With A Toddler

Flying with a toddler can be a challenge. From not wanting to sit down to kicking the seat in front, many parents struggle with how to keep toddlers entertained in a small space. Dr Vivian Hill, educational psychologist from the Institute of Education, said: ‘Toys that spark the imagination and encourage creativity, rather than static toys like soft toys and dolls, are proven to keep children occupied for sustained periods.’
Here is a list of suggestions to make flying with a toddler, fun and even educational:

Stickers – Sticker books take up time and improve fine motor skills. Jazz up the pages of coloring books or plain paper too!

Books – Take advantage of the focused time with small board books that teach alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors.

Coloring Books – Get the creative juices flowing, while teaching colors and fine motor skills.

Crayons – Use the crayons with a coloring book and plain paper. Practice colors and counting too!

Plain Paper – Great for drawing letters, numbers, showing the colors of the crayons and free play.

Finger foods – Choose foods that you can count and take a long time to eat: cheerios, carrots and pretzels are perfect!

Finger Puppets – Super props for stories, songs and finger games!

Magazines – Flip through the pages and pick out letters, numbers, colors and more.

Games – Play  I Spy’ with the surroundings or even magazines. Great time to practice colors and numbers!

Imagination – Create stories and use things in your bag as props and characters!

When flying with a toddler, fill a bag with lots of new or nearly new items to keep your toddler entertained and busy for the duration of the trip!

Make life simple and take one section from Teach My Toddler for on-the-go learning, when flying with a toddler. Teach My Toddler, the award winning learning kit is divided into four sections to teach a toddler The Alphabet, Numbers, Shapes and Colors. Requiring no batteries or DVDs, the kit has everything necessary for educational play and focused one-on-one time. Teach My Toddler contains fully-coordinated teaching tools such as puzzles, board books, posters and flashcards, all in one portable carrying case.



Memory Games For Kids

Build your toddler’s memory with some memory games for kids. A recent study from Concordia University showed there are long term benefits to improving your toddler’s memory skills. Unfortunately, the research showed that preschoolers who score lower on a memory task are likely to score higher on a dropout risk scale at the age of 12. Memory is also a key skill for number and letter literacy.

Working memory is the ability to remember and process information. There are two types; Auditory Memory and Visual Memory. Auditory memory includes the things we hear and visual memory is the things we see.

There are several ways to build up your child’s working memory. Try to incorporate a little working memory training into your daily routine with memory games for kids.

Here are three simple ideas to engage in memory games for kids

  1. Remembering Sequences: Learning the alphabet and numbers to 5, 10 and eventually to 100 are key to building your child’s working memory. If your child can become so familiar with the alphabet and numbers that they can recite them backwards, even better! Reciting rhymes is also great for your toddler’s memory.
  2. Remembering Instructions: Have you child remember instructions often. Start with a two or three and slowly increase the list over time. Remember to keep them short and simple. For example, please pick up your toy. Put it into the basket. Get your book. Put it back on to the shelf.
  3. Remembering Events: Try to get into the routine of asking your child to tell you about the events of their day. What was your snack today? Who did you play with at recess? When did you have story time? By recalling the events in the correct order, you are working your child’s memory.

Play memory games for kids with the Teach My Toddler Learning Kit. The kit includes all of the tools necessary to learn the alphabet and numbers as well as shapes and colors!

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Indoor Fun For Kids

Encourage indoor fun for kids by creating little stations or circuits around the house or playroom. Even pack a lunch box with snacks to pretend you and your preschooler are ‘playing school’! This indoor fun for kids can even prepare your preschooler for going to school. Plus, your preschooler will have so much fun, they won’t even realize they are learning too!

Here are 5 suggestions for Indoor Fun For Kids Activities:

  1. Books: Create a separate space at your child’s level for picture books in your house. A mini library is a great station to encourage early reading and listening skills.
  2. Music: Music is a great way to expand preschool minds. You can use rattles, pots, pans, mini pianos and more to encourage a mini Mozart!
  3. Education: Teach My Preschooler is specifically designed as a one-stop shop for all things education because it covers reading, printing, numbers to 100 and math. However, you can create your own education station with puzzles, flashcards, coloring activities and more
  4. Exercise: Break up learning time and ‘shake out the sillies’ with a little area that includes a yoga mat or soft flooring for some running on the spot, jumping, dancing and stretching.
  5. Rest: Use soft pillows or blankets to create an area for your toddler to relax and enjoy a snack. Unpack the lunch box and enjoy a quiet picnic for two or more!

The Teach My Preschooler Learning Kit is a great way to create indoor fun for kids. The multi award-winning all-in-one learning kit is designed for preschoolers 3 years+. The kit is divided into four sections to teach preschoolers – Reading, Printing, Numbers 1 to 100, Adding and Subtracting. Requiring no screens, the kit has an assortment of everything necessary for to teach the basics. Full of indoor fun for kids, the kit has fully-coordinated books, flashcards, posters, a print guide and magic drawing board, all in one case.

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Bath Toys For Toddlers

According to a survey by Johnson & Johnson, 84% of parents say bath time is some of the best quality time they get with their children. Therefore, bath toys for toddlers should be an important consideration.

“Scientists are now recognizing that everyday interactions parents have with their baby and everyday moments can be thought of as learning moments or learning opportunities,” says Andrew Meltzoff, a developmental psychologist and co-director of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington.

Meltzoff goes on to say, “Their social-emotional, cognitive development and brain development in the first three years of life is absolutely astounding, and scientists are trying to figure out how the human brain can learn that rapidly and absorb culture that rapidly,”

When choosing bath toys for toddlers, why not pick toys that are stimulating? In our busy digital world, it is difficult to find places that are truly screen-free. The bath provides the perfect opportunity to ditch the screen and share some focused one-on-one time.

Why not teach the alphabet, numbers or colors during bath time? If you make learning fun, while in the bath, your little one will not realize they are getting the basics.

Read a great review of Teach My’s brand new line of educational bath toys for toddlers, babies and preschoolers in Sarah’s Blog of Fun.

If you are looking for educational bath toys for toddlers, check out Teach My Bathtime. Why not take advantage of the screen-free nature of the bath and teach some basics. Just 20 minutes a day, with Teach My’s new educational bath line and your little ones can master counting, ABCs and spelling. Using unique teaching tools and a creative approach to playing in the bath, Teach My’s Bathtime toys are a nice mix of learning and fun.

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Teach My Preschooler Reading

Reading Games For Kids

Reading games for kids are a great way to encourage reading. Before suggesting reading games, there are a few key pre-reading strategies your preschooler should master before they begin to tackle the process of learning to read.

Matching is one key pre-reading strategy. Matching shapes, patterns and letters evolves into the ability to match and recognize the patterns of printed words, phrases and sentences.

Rhyming is also important. Studies show children who can understand rhyming have a head start in learning to read and spell. Have your preschooler repeat rhymes, play reading games for kids with rhymes, mix them up and have your little one correct you!

Here is a great list of reading games for kids, complied by B-Inspired MAMA

A combination of pre-reading strategies, reading games for kids and teaching tools like Teach My Preschooler Reading can set your little one up for success with learning how to read. Teach My Preschooler Reading offers a head start in learning to read. Just 20 minutes a day with the award winning Teach My Preschooler reading tools and your little one can master letter sounds, reading aloud and 60 vocabulary words! Use the 10 step reading system, the flashcards, the flashcard holder and the reward tin to teach a child to read. The set has everything for encouraging reading games for kids and is considered one of the most creative reading programs on the market.


Names of Shapes

Teach your toddler the names of shapes using songs, crafts, books, baking and outdoor games. According to Scholastic, understanding shapes is a tool for learning many skills within math, science, language and reading. We all use shape as a way of identifying and organizing visual information. Very early, children begin to make a connection between familiar objects and their shapes.

Here are 5 ways to teach your toddler the names of shapes and shape recognition:

Song: The Shapes Song is so cute and even addresses the numbers of sides on a square, circle and triangle! Play the song and have your little one point out shapes on flashcards, in books and around the home.

Crafts: Use a pad of colored paper to cut out your own shapes. Paints are also a great way to teach shapes. Paint houses with square windows, rectangle doors and oval door mat.

Books: The library will have a wide selection of books and stories to help your toddler learn the names of shapes. We like The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns.

Baking: Here is a great website that offers a recipe for baking shapes, The Nurture Store. They suggest shape cookie cutters but you can also cut out the shapes or form them with hands.

Outside – An outdoor scavenger hunt can be fun and educational. Make a list of the basic shapes and head outside to find items that match. Keep searching until all of the shapes are checked off the list! Houses, signs and cars are great resources!

By exposing your toddler to a variety of simple activities, they can quickly master the names of shapes. They will begin to recognize them inside and outside the home. Teach My Toddler Shapes is the award winning set that teaches toddlers 9 common shapes. Just 20 minutes a day with the Teach My Toddler tools and your toddler can master the circle, triangle, square and more! Use the coordinated book, poster, puzzle and flashcards together to encourage repetition and interaction. The set has everything to give a head start.