Since Stella turned 3 last August, I have been slowly introducing to her various activity sheets which she could work on. Nothing too complicated at the outset — just mostly stuff which she can learn or do in a jiffy. Examples are objects to color, circle or connect and lines and shapes to trace. As her reflex improves, I begin to show more activity sheets with new concepts.
These days, she’s into matching games and predicting patterns. They have become fairly easy to her although they are not without a few challenges. I never scold her for whatever mistake she makes. I just want her to enjoy the learning process and to become an eager student.
She can also now write the letters A, L, O, V, X and T and draw the basic shapes. I still have to correct her on proper pencil grip every time and to remember to follow the directions for an activity. But, all in all, Stella’s doing great and making good progress. Hopefully, she’ll be eligible for preschool this June. I’m excited and nervous at the thought of sending her to formal schooling at 3 years and 9 months old. But it’s time that she goes and there’s no point in delaying things.
When I posted this photo on Facebook, a friend asked what type of activity books I give to Stella. Here’ a few that I can recommend:
Flash Kids series – I’m a huge fan of their activity books. I especially like the Summer Skills edition because it’s meant to prepare your kid for the next level.
Bright Kids books – I like their English activity books. The directions are simple and the pages are well laid out. Published in Malaysia and sold at National Bookstore.
Future Ace – We use their English and Math books for reinforcement. Published in Singapore and available at National Bookstore.
Baby Einstein – Their board books on alphabet, shapes, numbers etc. are awesome! We’ve had them since Candice was a toddler and until now Stella finds them useful. Baby Einstein books and other learning materials are sold separately or in kits. For just $5.95, your kid can already have a fun and interactive learning kit that includes 4 books, discovery cards and more! Free shipping is offered to US residents who sign up for Baby Einstein Playful Discoveries and order the book from there.
More activity books are available at Booksale and Powerbooks. I suggest you consider your child’s age and readiness when choosing activity books. Be supportive and patient as you introduce new concepts and try to vary the activities within a 30-minute study session. Remember that toddlers have short attention span! :o)