Summer Swim Lessons
By Lizzy and Colin Tahsuda
Eleanor participated in swim lessons this month at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. It was such a fun summer activity that was brand new to her! Being in the pool allowed her to explore how her body moves in water. She loved splashing, kicking her feet, and leaning back to feel the water on her hair. She seemed comfortable in the water from day 1!
She also enjoyed going under water! Before going under, we counted to 3 so she knew to close her eyes. It only took a couple of times before she knew exactly what to do. When we got to “2”, she smiled and got excited knowing she was about to go under. It was an unexpected way to teach her more about counting and numbers!
Pointing at Penguins
By Lizzy and Colin Tahsuda
Eleanor turned one a few weeks ago! We can’t believe our baby is officially a toddler. To celebrate, we took her to the Greensboro Science Center for the first time. She had a blast! We started in the aquarium. We talked about all the various colors of the fish and counted seahorses. The penguins were her favorite! She laughed as they waddled around and dove into the water. We probably could have spent the entire afternoon just hanging out with the penguins!
Outside, we spent time with the meerkats and the red pandas, but her favorite were the maned wolves. We think she thought they were dogs. 😊 She squealed at them just like she does when she sees our dog at home or dogs on walks! At the end of our visit, we rode the carousel. We identified the different animals, and she chose to sit on the tiger. All in all, it was a great day!
Making a Game of Comparisons
By Jennifer Scotton
With a three-year-old and an infant in our house, dinner time can get a bit hectic. As we wait for everyone to get seated, my son and I have been playing a new game to keep him occupied until food is in front of him at the table. I’ll point to his dad and say: “Who is taller, Daddy or Mommy?” He gives us both a once-over and gleefully replies, “Daddy!” We continue this game by comparing the height of everyone in our house, sometimes even adding in the dog and the cat! If we run out of heights to compare, we move on to ages and hair length.
This is an easy game that works well any time, including car rides and neighborhood walks. Using this tool to keep my son engaged has also helped to foster his math and critical thinking skills.
Ariel Everett with Greensboro Day School spoke to WFMY about ways to help young children develop early math skills. Her tips include counting their fingers and toes and dancing along to the beat of your favorite song. Watch the segment and hear all of her tips here.