This post was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
How They Taught Us to Have Hope with Early Learning
It wasn’t learning that Korey had developmental delays that left me shaking during his last in home therapy. Transitioning from home to pre-school is what was on my mind, I knew he needed to have social structure and more early learning but for the first time I wasn’t going to be there to catch him when he fell apart.
During his first two years I was all about catering to Korey, once we knew something was wrong I gave in to make sure I was able to help him all the time. That didn’t help his lack of communication, when I knew a simple whine meant give me milk I had to brush it off and make him use his sign language and try some words.
Come his last visit in August from his speech therapist, OT and special education teacher I was a wreck. I cried to them and thanked them for everything they did for us and how much Korey was able to excel at his goals but I let them know my worry.
Stepping into preschool world where I wouldn’t be watching him, how could I know if Korey was going to have a great teacher? Would she understand that sometimes he just needs a hug or he needs reminders about watching his feet when he’s walking. Little did I know how much of an impact Teacher Nancy would have on his early learning.
Nancy sparked his mind by finding his strengths, like the fact that he can do any puzzle within a matter of minutes after studying it or that he’s reading beyond his grade level for a child that had no words the year before. Just like the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nancy belives that every child has something that gets their creativity going and we just needed to find that.
The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a wonderful program called #SparkAMind. Through sharing things that spark your child’s mind with this hashtag it will get added to a mini site where other parents and educators can see and help learn more ways to find creativity for all children. Not only are you giving education but a book will also be donated to an early learning program to help fulfill the need of reading for children, which benefits them throughout their life.
As a mother who has books piling the shelves, I know that when I am able to donate gently used books that I am helping make an impact. Did you know that about 61 percent of families that are low-income have no books at all for the children in the home? (Reading Literacy in the United States, 1996.) You can make a difference by simply using the #SparkAMind on social media to give back.
If early learning is important to you and your child loves apps, then you should check out their Curious World app. Packed with over 500 educational and fun games for children ages 3-7 and I have a wonderful discount offer for you try Curious World with.
Now that you have the knowledge on how you can make a difference for others with #SparkAMind. How is your child’s early learning been sparked by creativity? Was it a book, a teacher or perhaps a fun game they like to play?