Tips for Teaching Toddlers
Teaching toddlers requires patience. It also requires some skill as a teacher.
Here are some factors you should pay attention to while you are teaching toddlers:
Toddlers are can be extremely volatile.
The world of the toddler is very immediate. They experience and can act out strong emotions and mood changes based on what is happening to them right now
Toddlers are impulsive.
Toddlers are still learning how to control their impulses. They respond to the moment without the kind of reflection an older child or adult would use. Because of their unpredictability they must be watch at all times.
They can be fast or slow depending on the situation.
Toddlers can get into trouble fast because they can move fast. At the same time it could take them a long time to complete a task. Patience is a must.
Toddlers have a limited attention span.
Keep in mind that toddlers can only stay focused only a task for a short period of time. Don’t try to teach them for long periods of time.
Toddlers are egocentric
This is quite normal at this developmental stage. In the toddlers mind, everything revolves around them. Don’t expect them to understand the feelings of others because they have not reached this stage of development yet.
Toddlers love to learn new things.
A toddler’s world is ever new and fascinating. This fuels their energy and enthusiasm to explore anything new.
Here are some tips you can use to support their development.
- Focus on their interests. You need to find activities, games and toys that they really enjoy doing. This will increase their level of interest and ability to focus.
- Encourage and support them. When you give them a new task, praise them often for what they are doing right.
- If their frustration level is going up, try to diffuse the situation by changing the focus. Maybe you have spent too long on one task. Set them up to succeed.
Hopefully these tips will be helpful for you while you are teaching toddlers.