What’s adorable, messy, frustrating, sweet, and unpredictable all at the same time – a two-year-old! Often described as “The Terrible Twos” this stage of life has earned its esteemed title with good reason. If you have ever dealt with a two-year-old, I’m sure you know about their drastic mood swings. Mine is like a time bomb waiting to go off at any second. One day bananas are the only food he will allow his lips to touch, the next day the mere sight of a banana induces a massive fit of yelling, screaming, and throwing himself to the ground. A minute or two later the tantrum will be done, and my son is cuddled in my lap with his chubby arms wrapped around me. He will look into my eyes and tell me he loves me, and all is forgiven.
As frustrating as this roller coaster of emotions is, I remind myself how difficult being a two year probably is. Two-year-olds are caught in between two stages of life, baby and big kid. They want to act and be treated like a big kid but don’t have the means to do so yet. Many two-year-olds are still learning to communicate, they have a ton to say, but don’t have the words to say what they want. In reality, two-year-olds are actually doing so much learning and growing, the “Terrible Twos” should really be referred to as the “Thriving Twos”.
Throughout the summer I have watched my little guy grow both physically and mentally. If you have read my previous posts, you know that I have been taking advantage of Mother Goose Time’s toddler supplement, Little Goose. If you have not had a chance to read my posts about Little Goose yet follow these links – A Day with Little Goose, Toddler Diversions. Here are some of the highlights from our Camping unit.
During the camping unit, we learned about many aspects of the natural world. What better way to learn about something than to experience it in real life?
Each month we get two sets of manipulatives to use with the daily lesson plans. One of the manipulatives we received this month was a set of three-dimensional shapes, which have been a huge hit with my two-year-old.
My son’s favorite part of the day is completing the art project with his older siblings. He loves getting messy during the process too, often ending up with paint all over his whole body.
I found a TeePee at a local consignment store and knew it would be perfect for our camping unit. It has been a great addition to our dramatic play area, and the little guy is a huge fan.
Learning New Vocabulary
The high-quality materials that are provided in each Mother Goose Time box help to captivate and motivate toddlers to learn new words and concepts.
Being able to incorporate my busy toddler into our daily activities has been wonderful this summer. He is learning so much while he is participating in activities alongside his older siblings. I look forward to continuing to with him during the school year. Most importantly, I am excited to watch him continue to thrive with the Little Goose program. If you have any questions about Mother Goose Time or the Little Goose supplement, let me know in the comment section.
Join us next week as we don our capes and soar into the Superhero unit, and of course, expect more Chaos on the Creek.
Disclaimer: I am so grateful to have found this curriculum and am excited to share our experiences on the blog. In exchange for my unbiased and honest reviews, Mother Goose Time has provided us with the curriculum free of charge.