Sunday, June 12, 2011

Educating Babies & Toddlers Review

I recently had the opportunity to join the Blogger Review Team for Timberdoodle, a curriculum supply company for homeschoolers. They have a fantastic site with options for everything from individual curriculum items to Complete Core Curriculums for infant to high school. We purchased their Kindergarten Core Curriculum for Miss M two month ago, and we are loving it!

As a part of the review team, I was sent the book Entertaining and Educating Babies and Toddlers to review. This book is part of their Baby Core Curriculum for infants 0-18 months. Their curriculum is not flashcards and workbooks for babies, but rather fun, gentle toys and books that help babies develop physically and intellectually.

This book contains ideas for baby-friendly exercises and activities that are both fun to do and stimulating as well. I really liked that most of the activities in the book use things you already own and don't require large purchases. The book is broken out by age, and includes activities from newborn to 30 months of age.

We tried two of the activities listed in the book. The first idea for 6 to 12 months old. The idea was for Baby B to balance on a large ball and roll gently back and forth.

He loved doing this, and had as much fun rolling off the ball as balancing on it!

The second ideas was listed under their Messy Play for 12 to 18 months old. I followed their instructions for placing a plastic cloth down before doing this, and it was definitely needed. I fixed cornmeal and water on a tray for some sensory exploration.

Baby B was not a fan of this activity (he doesn’t really like to have messy hands), but surprisingly Miss M found it quite fun and played with it for about half-an-hour after Baby B abandoned it.

Overall, I think this is an easy-to-read, well-laid out book of ideas. There are only a few ideas we haven’t tried; many of them were things we have done with one of our other kids before. I think this book would be most useful for first-time parents and parents new to educational activities for little ones, and it is on my list as a future baby-shower gift.


As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a frank and unbiased review

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I am also on the Timberdoodle blogger review group and am giving away a copy of this book if you would like to let your readers know!

    Heidi

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