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  •  I follow lefty for that reason! (3+ / 0-)
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    angelajean, Moody Loner, rosabw

    And will soon begin seriously reviewing all sources. Potty training first, longer attention span, better word use, and we'll be off the the races.

    "The less time you have, the more you need to use it wisely." - Cpt. Avatar, Starblazers

    by DeathDlr73 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 08:13:19 AM PDT

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    •  Honestly, I don't think any parent should worry (5+ / 0-)

      too much about teaching their child until they are much, much older. The process of play teaches kids more than we possibly ever can. As long as you expose your child to diverse opportunities to learn and play, your child will learn. And the best lesson for kids? If they see you reading, they will read. If they see you writing, they will write. If they see you wonder at the world, they will wonder. Children are natural mimics and if they spend lots of time with their parents, they will mimic you more than their peers.

      I'm a little jealous of you... you have a whole future wide in front of you. I'm just about to end our homeschooling in the next few years and I will be sad when it happens. I love this part of my life - hopefully I will find ways to remain engaged in child centered learning with children that just aren't my own.

      •  Play is where we are at right now (3+ / 0-)
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        angelajean, Moody Loner, leftyparent

        Good with MegaBlocks, but doesn't have the patience for a floor jigsaw yet. Still trying to figure out if he's right-handed or left; eats with right, uses crayons with the left.

        My wife and I will begin playing chess on a regular basis so he can be exposed to it; she isn't a fan because I always beat her, but the thought pattern certain games evoke is well worth it.

        I like to think of myself as patient, but been waiting for years to start teaching him stuff!

        "The less time you have, the more you need to use it wisely." - Cpt. Avatar, Starblazers

        by DeathDlr73 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 08:28:34 AM PDT

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        •  Maybe you and your wife should learn a new game (1+ / 0-)
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          Moody Loner

          together than put you both on a more even keel - I would love to suggest the Japanese game of GO. Of course, the pieces are small so you might want to wait until you have a kid that won't eat them :)

          We loved floor puzzles as well... it will happen before you know it. Are you familiar with these pattern blocks? They might satisfy some of your desire for puzzle floor play but be age appropriate for a guy who isn't ready to put together a puzzle.

          •  If you have a GO board, you also have... (2+ / 0-)
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            Moody Loner, angelajean

            ..a Pente board, and it's a lot simpler; either way the pieces are currently too small for him. We have Othello as one of our starter games, but I've always been a strong believer in chess.

            We're getting tight on floor space (and storage room) for more expansive puzzles and such. He honestly needs to develop a bit more patience to complete any sort of pattern, with or without help (he's 27 months). Still at the point of tantrums when he doesn't get immediate gratification...but we're working on it.

            We actually have a fair amount of games we enjoy playing (Monopoly, Sorry, Battleship, Boggle, Scrabble), but nearly all have pieces too small for the moment.

            Like I said, patience on my part is necessary.

            "The less time you have, the more you need to use it wisely." - Cpt. Avatar, Starblazers

            by DeathDlr73 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 09:40:32 AM PDT

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        •  Play was so important to my development... (1+ / 0-)
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          A kid's imagination play can get very sophisticated... http://www.leftyparent.com/...

          Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

          by leftyparent on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 11:52:52 AM PDT

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        •  Playing games was such a learning experience... (1+ / 0-)
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          for me, particularly the complicated military simulation board games, weaving history, strategy, logistics and systems... http://www.leftyparent.com/...

          Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

          by leftyparent on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 11:55:33 AM PDT

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