The Power of SHAPING New Behavior in Children

What is Shaping?

Shaping is a technique many counselors use to teach kids new behaviors. It allows you to build a desired behavior in children using small steps. Once the child has mastered a step then you move to the next one. 

This technique also requires the adult to provide a reward as the child completes each step to encourage them to go to the next task. An example of a reward could be a praise specific statement such as “Good job at putting all your stuffed animals in the toy box.” Another example of a reward is telling a child they can play outside once a step is complete or attempted.

Shaping provides a great way to set goals as you and your child are learning something new. Also, it requires you to adjust if you see that a child is stuck on one step. Adjusting means you may have to take a break or divide the steps into smaller increments.

Another important point is to BE PATIENT. Some children learn new behaviors quickly while others move a little slower.

Below are two examples of how shaping can be used in your home. 

Example 1

A mother has a child that won’t sit during reading time. The child thinks reading is boring. She would like for her child to sit through a whole book while she reads.   The book she picks has ten pages. Below is how shaping can be used…

  1. Pick a short book when reading to the child.
  2. Pick a book that aligns with the child’s interest.
  3. Set a small goal like have the child listen to the first two pages.
  4. Next time have the child listen to the first four pages.
  5. Next time have the child listen to the first six pages.
  6. Keep going until the child can listen to the whole book.
  7. Give the child verbal praise after each small step.

Example 2

A boy has a fear of dogs. He will not go outside to play because his neighbors are constantly walking their dogs. His parents want him to be comfortable walking pass dogs on his way to the play ground. Below is how shaping can be used…

  1. Tell the child a story about a friendly dog.
  2. Show the child pictures of dog while telling a story about a friendly dog.
  3. Read a story with pictures about a helpful dog.
  4. Watch a cartoon about a friendly dog.
  5. Have the child look out the window while neighbors are walking their dogs.
  6. Have the child stand or sit outside (near the door) while a neighbor across the street is walking their dog.
  7. Have the child stand or sit outside while a neighbor on your side of the street is walking their dog.
  8. Have the child take a certain number of steps on the street while a neighbor is walking their dog.
    • If they are not ready for this, you may have to carry them while doing this.
  9. Have the child walk a quarter of the way to the playground while a neighbor on the same side of the street is walking their dog. 
  10. Keep progressing until the child can walk the entire way to the playground.

I hope this helps!

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Make Learning/Studying Fun for Kids with this Memory Technique

On YouTube one day and I came across a man named Jim Kwik who is a memory and learning coach. I watched a 22-minute interview of him sharing 10 steps to improve your memory. At the end, the interviewer was able to remember the 10 steps he discussed through the power of associating information with pictures and a story (also called Chain Linking). I was familiar with this technique because I used it to teach my son how letters and numbers were formed and how to write.

Jim uses this technique to remember people’s names, speeches, and lists. He also emphasizes thinking and learning like kids because they are the fastest learners. I truly agree with him.

He encouraged his audience to practice the association story technique with another person. I decided to practice with my four-year-old son. He loved every minute of it and said “This is fun!” Below I will tell you how we did it.

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  • I gave my son nine colors to remember in order. The colors were…
    • Green
    • Orange
    • Purple
    • Blue
    • White
    • Black
    • Pink
    • Brown
    • Yellow
  • I started by telling my son a story that included the colors.
  • The story went like this…

Mommy and Cory went out to play in the green grass. All of a sudden, they saw a huge orange and beside it was a purple eggplant. Both of these foods together looked like the number ten. Then we looked in the sky and saw a Blue Jay bird flying in the sky. The Blue Jay landed on a large white flower and beside it came a black fly. Then we heard a pink pig running and he happened to be hungry. The pig found and then ate a brown chocolate bar. Afterwards he became thirsty and drank yellow lemonade.

  • After I told my son this story I asked him to tell me the colors in order.
  • I encouraged him to use the story to remember the colors.
  • He was able to name all the colors in order.
  • He also remembered the colors in reverse order by telling the story backwards.
  • We were amazed at his ability.
  • Please note: He is using crayons as a visual for the video; however, he was able to remember the colors without the crayons.

Watch this video of my son remembering the colors…

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Watch this video of my son remembering the words backwards.

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This technique will also improve your child’s listening skills and focus.

I encourage you to try this activity while you are in waiting rooms, restaurants or even long road trips. My son and I did it during dinner time and had a great time.

Also, use this game to help your child remember important facts for school. Help your child make up a silly story with the facts as characters or items in the setting. This method works great when your child is learning…

  • The Alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Planets
  • The United States
  • The Presidents of the United States
  • Elements on the Periodic Table
  • Mathematical Sequences
  • Formulas
  • Any facts your child needs to learn

Here are pointers for your story…

  • The sillier the story the better.
  • Ensure to use rich images while telling your story.
  • If your child can’t think of pictures for a certain word then have them use the “Sound Like” method.
    • Instead of saying the state, Alabama, use the phrase “Ala Bams on the A.” This will trigger the mind to think of Alabama.
    • Instead of saying the element (on the periodic table), Actinium, use the phrase Acting Up. This will help trigger the mind to think of Actinium.
    • Make up your own silly words, and it will help you remember facts faster.

Have Fun with this Activity!

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FREE Mini Course: Teach Your Toddler to Read Through PLAY

The title of this post can be a shock to some people. A toddler reading is an abnormal concept to many humans.

This can be a normal concept for any child who likes to play, explore, and learn. It is not reserved for children who we think are geniuses. All kids are born creative geniuses. We just have to find playful ways to foster their curiosity.

My son, Cory, started spelling and reading at 21 months through play. While running errands in stores with me as a one-year-old, Cory would identify letters, numbers, and read three and four letter words on signs.

Parents would approach me and ask if he was really reading. Of course I would reply by saying “yes”. Their next question would be, “How is he doing this?”

I could have talked with them for an hour telling them how he learned through toys, singing, dancing, acting, playing outside, and reading.

Below is video of my son at 25 months reading a book to me just before bedtime.

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This is why I have created the FREE Mini Course: Strategies to Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play. It gives you strategies to make reading fun, natural, and stress free for you and your child. This includes some of the techniques I used with my son to expose him to words, reading, and reading comprehension in a fun way. 

This training is a four-part series. Below is what you will learn in the first video…

  • The learning system I used to teach my son to read.
  • How I address the objections people have about teaching a child to read as a toddler.
  • The one mistake parents make when reading to their child.
  • And so much more!

By the end of this video, you will know how to read aloud to your child in a way that creates meaning and connection! This will strengthen your child’s reading comprehension skills faster!

In the second video you will learn about the One Million Gap and How to Beat it!

In the third video, I will reveal the 10 Components Needed to Teach Reading in a Fun Way!

The fourth video reveals how to take your child’s learning and reading to the next level. You will also see my son spelling at 21 months and reading on a third grade level as a three-year-old.

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Alphabet Letter Hunt Activities – Three Variations

One night after taking a bath, my son suggested an activity/game for the next day called, Letter Hunt. I was intrigued by his suggestion and asked him how to play. Cory said “We will find all the letters in the alphabet in one room.”

The next day, we played the game he suggested and had a blast. We also played two other variations of the game. This activity is great for letter recognition and it allows children to get physical. Play this game even if your child knows their letters.

My son is very familiar with the alphabet but still had fun with this activity. It was raining outside when we played the game and that resulted in perfect timing.

Let’s Get Started

Letter Hunt- Variation 1

Materials:

  • Children and adults

Directions:

  • Tell your child you will do a letter hunt by going around a room or your home to search for letters.
  • You may find letters anywhere in your home such as magazines, signs, toys, shoes, books etc.
  • Keep playing the game until you find letters A-Z
My son found the letter A on his Paw Patrol Slipper.
Found the letter C on a box.

Letter Hunt – Variation 2

Materials:

  • Foam Letter or Magnetic letters
  • You may also use letters you have written on paper

Directions:

  • Hide letters A-Z around a room
  • Have your child(ren) find the letters and put them in a pile.
My son hunting for the letters I hid.

Letter Hunt – Variation 3

Materials:

  • Markers
  • Craft Paper or Poster Board Paper
  • Foam letters or Magnetic letters
  • You may also use letters you have written on paper

Directions:

  • Draw a chart on craft paper with your name or initial on one column and your child’s name or initial in the another column.
  • You and your child will get two different letters.
    • For example, your child will get letter A and you will get letter B.
Cory picking the letter he will soon hide.
  • Have your child hide the letter A in a room without you looking.
  • You hide the letter B in a room and ensure your child is not looking at where you are hiding it.
  • Now both of you go find the letters each one of you hid.
    • For example, you will find the letter A and your child will find the letter B
  • Whoever finds the letter first wins a point that round.
  • Have your child record the points on craft paper for each round.
Keeping score for our Letter Hunt. Clearly I am losing the game.
I am trying to find where Cory hid his letter. He had great hiding spots.


Have Fun Playing and Learning!

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Take Your Child’s Learning and Reading to the Next Level

Hopefully, you enjoyed and found value in the first, second, and third videos of the FREE Mini Course: Strategies to Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play. This includes some of the techniques I used with my son to expose him to words, reading, and reading comprehension in a fun way.

I am excited to share this information with you. 

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10 Components Needed When Learning to Read

Thank you so much for being here! I love sharing tips on fun accelerated learning for kids. Kids are so fun and their imaginations are always at play. Let’s use this to make reading fun for our children!

I hope you enjoyed the first and second video in the FREE Mini Course: Strategies to Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play.

This includes some of the techniques I used with my son to expose him to words, reading, and reading comprehension in a fun way. 

Now you have come to the final video in this training. You will receive my biggest tips here. 

You will learn…

  • 10 Components needed when exposing your child to new words and reading with examples of activities
  • FREE Course on how to Teach the Alphabet in a Fun Way
  • How to use digital media and technology in your child’s learning
  • How to use the world as your child’s learning playground
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One Million Word Gap and How to Beat it!

I hope you liked the first video in the FREE Mini Course: Strategies to Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play. This includes some of the techniques I used with my son to expose him to words, reading, and reading comprehension in a fun way.

What stood out for you in the first video?

I am excited to share with you the second video!

In this video, I will show you…

  • How to use Fun In-Depth learning with babies, toddlers, and elementary aged children
  • Examples of books and activities that will engage children and expose them to words in a fun way
  • What you can do to beat the one million word gap
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The One Mistake Parents Make When Reading Aloud to Children

Congratulations!

You have taken the first step in learning strategies to make reading fun, natural, and stress free for you and your child. 

This is the first video in our FREE Mini Course: Strategies to Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play.

This includes some of the techniques I used with my son to expose him to words, reading, and reading comprehension in a fun way. 

In this video, you will learn

  • The learning system I used to teach my son to read.
  • How I address the objections people have about teaching a child to read as a toddler.
  • The one mistake parents make when reading to their child.
  • And so much more!

By the end of this video, you will know how to read aloud to your child in a way that creates meaning and connection! This will strengthen your child’s reading comprehension skills faster!

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In the second video you will learn about the One Million Gap and How to Beat it!

In the third video, I will reveal the 10 Components Needed to Teach Reading in a Fun Way!

The fourth video reveals how to take your child’s learning and reading to the next level.

See you there!

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6+ Fun Activities to Teach Kids Shapes

Did you know that when your child is learning about shapes they are being introduced to geometry? Shapes are not only important to math but generally in life. A child who can identify shapes will learn how letters and numbers are formed.

This prepares them to have better handwriting skills.

For instance, the letter O is basically a circle. Also, shapes can be combined to make various pictures. For example, typically when a child draws a dog they include a horizontal oval for the body, rectangular shapes for the legs and tail, triangles for the ears, and circles for the nose and eyes. 

The knowledge of shapes is useful for building, which is an introduction to engineering. My son learned so much about what shapes to use when building certain structures with his magnetic tiles. He learned that rectangles and squares make great bases or foundations for structures. Additionally, he noticed that hexagons resemble circles.

The houses he often creates are made of a cubes and triangular prisms. Furthermore, his towers are made with a combination of hexagons, squares, and triangles. As a result, he is able to use his knowledge of building basic structures to make more sophisticated towers.

My son knew the basic shapes as a one-year-old. If I called out a shape, he was able to point them out in books or choose the correct one and give it to me. This was mainly done through playing with shapes and reading various books on shapes.

Let’s talk about various ways to make learning about shapes fun.

Below are 6+ Fun Activities to Teach Kids Shapes

Create Your Own Shapes

  • Take Q-Tips, put glue on it, and form them into shapes on paper. Pour glitter on the Q-tip to decorate the shape.
  • Let your child take food such as grapes or crackers and form them into shapes during snack time. 
  • Build shapes with Legos, Magnetic tiles, sticks from outside or anything your mind can think of.
My son made a combination of triangles with grapes and toothpicks.

Make Shapes Disappear

  • Go outside and make shapes with sidewalk chalk
  • Call out a certain shape to your child
  • Give your child a spray bottle with water, a cup of water, or water hose.
  • Have your child pour or spray the water on the shape you identify to make it disappear.

Digital Media

My son and I love watching educational videos. Many times, after dinner, we dance, sing songs, or just watch videos about shapes on YouTube. Below are some YouTube videos about shapes.

*Please note that digital media should not be the only way your child learns the shapes. It should be a way to supplement what you have previously introduced to your child. In other words, expose your child to shapes first and then use digital media.

Play the Shape Game

  • Draw one shape on paper like a circle
  • Then give your child the paper 
  • Ask your child to create a picture from the shape.
  • They can create a cat, monster, or anything they want 
  • Next, have your child draw  shapes
  • Then you create a picture from the shape they just draw
My son drew the shape of number one.
I turned it into a horse with a combination of triangles, rectangles, and lines.

Read Multiple Children’s Book about Shapes

My son and I have read many books about shapes before nap and bed time. These books were colorful and included relatable characterers that my son liked. There were some that did not have characters but presented shapes in an engaging manner. Below are a list of seven children’s book about shapes.

Purchase Toys that Encourage Kids to Learn Shapes

  • Geoboard – stretch the rubber band over the pegs to make various shapes. 
  • Tangram – use the seven shapes to create an image you want.
  • Shape Puzzles – create role plays with the shapes puzzle pieces as characters.

Have Fun With This Activity!

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Simple Bird Feeder for Kids

One day my son, Cory, and I were walking outside and we saw that one of our neighbors had a wooden bird house hanging on their tree. Cory stopped to observe the house and said “Mom can we make that?” Afterwards, we searched the Internet trying to find the perfect bird home to build.

Then we came across a bird feeder that involved peanut butter, toilet paper roll, and bird seeds. Cory saw it and said “I would like to make this!” I told him it was a bird feeder and not a home. He still wanted to make it.

We had all the ingredients in our home. Surprisingly, my husband had bird seeds. After gathering all the materials, we started to make our bird feeder. We had fun with this activity.

This project also taught us a very important lesson of recycling.

I will show you how below…

Let’s get started!

Materials:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Bird Seed
  • Nut Butter (we used Almond Butter)
  • String
  • Paper Plate
  • Plastic Knife
Materials for bird feeder

Method:

  • Spread nut butter on the toilet paper roll.
  • Put bird seed in paper plate.
  • Roll toilet paper roll in the bird seed until it is covered.
  • Thread the string through the toilet paper roll and knot the string.
  • Hang the bird feeder on a tree branch so birds can access it.

More Learning

  • Congratulate your child for recycling the toilet paper roll and using it to feed birds.
  • Talk about the importance of recycling.
  • Find other items around your home to recycle or reuse.
  • Try to capture a picture of birds eating from the bird feeder.
  • Tell your child why birds are important to the environment.
    • Birds spread seeds for plants that provide humans with food and medicine.
    • They eat insects.
    • They move nutrients from land to sea.

Have fun with this activity!

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