Nowadays, we’re constantly bombarded with the educational gimmicks that our children “need” to prepare them for school and as they grow. On today’s episode, we’re discussing the actual skills your child needs for success in school and life. We are joined by Susie Allison of Busy Toddler, as seen on Good Morning America and Instagram. Susie a former teacher turned blogger who helps parents to discover play-based learning activities for their children (of all ages!). We discuss why play-based learning is so important and how to encourage play-based learning. She also shares what our kids really need in their toddler years to help to set them up for success, what skills are most important for children to learn in early childhood years, which toys are essential for play and learning and the top 3 things you can be doing as a parent every day.
What’s In This Episode:
- Getting into globally known media outlets like, People magazine and Good Morning America.
- Play-based learning vs. direct instruction
- Giving children the chance to discover the world on their own
- When to start encouraging play-based learning
- Why faster learning is not better
- How parents can support this type of learning at home
- Creating dedicated time for play and an environment that supports play
- Toys that help kids with play-based learning
- How Susie creates activities that incorporate different ages
- Adjusting activities as the child grows older
- Key supplies for play
Check Out Our 20-Minute Version of This Episode With Our “Busy Mom’s Guide To Fun & Fulfilling Play-Based Learning”
More About Susie Allison of Busy Toddler:
Susie Allison is a former teacher turned stay-at-home-mom. She all about fun, simple activities that can be set up in seconds but hold little attention spans for much longer, and can be seen in places like instagram, People Magazine and Good Morning America.
Quotes by Susie Allison of the Busy Toddler:
“I just started winging it on my own with whatever I could come up with with what we had around the house.”
“When someone is just telling you how to learn, and telling you to do it you kind of lost that sense of joy in learning.”
“When you give a child the chance to learn through play, your giving them the chance to be in the driver’s seat and to be at the wheel of their learning.”
“When a child is learning through play, they are learning through trial and error. They are learning to take risks and learning that it’s not always going to work out.”
“Open-ended to me is the most beautiful word in childhood.”