I confess, I have a little bit of a type A personality. I begin planning birthday parties months in advance. I assign one household chore for each day of the week (washing laundry on Monday, grocery shopping on Tuesday, etc.) And I get goose bumps just thinking about a messy playroom.
Although my children might not always enjoy my type A personality, their growing brains can’t get enough. Everything that can have a label in their playroom already does. Toys are separated into clearly identified bins that display the name of each item and a corresponding hand drawn picture. This is a classic strategy for Pre-K to Second Grade teachers because it helps readers and soon-to-be-readers use their developing literacy skills in the world around them. Those children who can sound out words are able to and those who need a little help can rely on the picture. Trying this trick in your home will not only help toys make their way back to their perfect spot (a miracle!), it will also strengthen your child’s reading (a huge bonus!).