As a newly turned two-year-old, Jaxon has been on a role meeting milestones. He’s talking up a storm, imitating actions and sounds, and singing along to songs. Last month, he even went to the potty! He’s proven to have quite the imagination by wearing bowls on his head, wearing cookie cutters as bracelets, and driving his cars along the ribbon on the Christmas tree.
VTech is all about helping children meet their milestones! They’ve recently launched their own Expert Panel and Milestones resource to help assist parents with developmental questions and toy recommendations for meeting specific milestones. Insights from child development experts are featured in the newly launched online Milestones resource page.
The Milestones resource offers parents guidelines and recommendations to help them select toys based on the individual needs of children from birth to nine years old. The categories explain different characteristics and occurrences that each child is faced with at each specific age and developmental stage, and are then followed by recommended products that the most appropriate and beneficial.
VTech sent us some fun toys to play with and Jaxon has been enjoying them. The Lil’ Critters Play & Dream Musical Piano is recommended for ages 0-12 months, but he still gets a kick out of it. We currently have it attached to his toddler bed. The Chomp & Count Dino, recommended for 12-36 months, is a hit around here. Even Jayden, age 6, enjoys feeding him healthy treats. It’s a little on the LOUD side, so I recommend taping over the speaker on his backside. The Roll & Surprise Animal Train, recommended for ages 6-36 months, is another favorite.
The Expert Panel helps continue VTech’s commitment to building on children’s knowledge, one milestone at a time! VTech recently held a Q&A with parents and Expert Panel member and Early Childhood Development Expert, Dr. Lise Eliot. Take a peek at some of the session below and continue scrolling for a fantastic giveaway!
Questions & Answers
Q. As a stay-at-home mom, I feel like I’m responsible for most of my toddler’s learning the first couple of years. How can I ensure that I’m teaching him all he needs to know? What are the best games or play to help him learn basics things like numbers, colors, words, etc.?
A. Children learn through play, so almost any activity is a learning opportunity for your child. Show your child how to count banana slices at lunch time, or toothbrush strokes at bedtime. Read ABC books to him to teach letter sounds and recognition. But don’t worry too much about academic skills in younger children. Most important at this age is for children to learn the joy of discovery. Try to avoid drilling exercises (like flashcards) and instead focus on learning about the real world around him–animals, people, vehicles, music, art–whatever you encounter through books or the world outside that excites your child. When kids find a passion and get absorbed in it, early literacy and number skills follow easily.
Q. What are some of the benefits of teaching children sign language at a young age to help improved their cognitive, motor and social skills? How can teaching sign language to my child help promote more than language development? How can sign language help stimulate a child’s brain in other ways?
A. The research on sign language is not terribly strong, but enough has been done to indicate that sign language may benefit your child’s overall language development. The more words addressed to babies, whether spoken or gestured, the faster their own vocabulary growth. Sign language also has the advantage that it is easier for babies to communicate using simple gestures, compared to oral articulation. So especially in the first year of life, some babies find it easier to communicate their needs when taught simple signs, and may express less frustration than infants who were not exposed to baby signing.
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