To begin with, let me tell you that no 2 kids are similar and while some may grasp quickly, others may take time. This doesn’t mean that they are any less intelligent but kids are really distracted at this age and their concentration span is really less. You need to work a little harder but you will be able to teach everything sooner or later. Now I am sharing some tips that worked wonders for us, all steps may not work in your case but it is definitely worth the try.
- REPETITION- First and the most important tip to teach anything is Repetition, you cannot expect them to learn stuff just by telling it to them once or twice. Also repetition here means atleast 10-15 times daily when you begin teaching something.
- EXPOSURE- In order to teach something it is very important to give them real world exposure, so that they can instantly connect with what you are trying to teach them. For ex, once i took her out on her stroller and just when my little one was looking at a cow trying to figure out what exactly is this, BAM!! Cow Mooed, since then cow and its sound is imprinted in her brain. It is easy for them to learn those things which they see in real around them.
- AUGMENTED REALITY(Optional)- It is a 4d way of connecting real world stuff to virtual world, these games are easily available on amazon. Now I am not promoting digital exposure here but you can’t practically take them out daily or show all types of animals around, right? Virtual world is our rescue for this issue. Only 10 mins a day is more than enough. Start with the animals they already know like cow, dog, cat, etc and then move towards other animals which are common and can be easily found in their books, toys or any stuff around them like Elephant, tiger, zebra, rabbit.
- ANIMAL THEMED TOYS- When you are on a teaching spree, try to keep all the toys, books etc of that theme only around them. Like here in our case i used magnetic animals, wooden toys, flash cards and books all based on animal theme. This maintains a variety, works on their skills side by side and expose them towards same animals again and again making it permanent in their memory.
- KEEP ASKING- Whenever they are busy with anything related to animals, make sure to either mention the name every time they touch any animal or ask them where is this and where is that. It becomes like a game for them and also makes it thorough for them.
- MATCH IT- You can create DIY stuff or use the toys which you already have and divide them into 2 groups of similar animals. Let them identify and point correctly all the animals of both the groups and then ask them to match it with each other. If they are able to do, VOILA!! then you can be sure that your little one now knows all the animals that you have taught her.
Now same steps can be used to teach them any XYZ stuff, be it fruits & vegetables or any other day to day stuff. Comment if you would like me to add any more point or if you think the steps which i have mentioned is definitely helpful and share it further.