Challenging the defiant toddler

This week we started ‘Noah school’ after Noah’s behaviour has been getting worse being home with me every day and a baby which he isnt able to play with yet. There is a constant frustration of being told to sit nicely or stop throwing things. He is becoming more determined to be ‘naughty’ and it seems once that word is said there is no turning back. It becomes a fun game of opposites and he will not co-oporate until he is ready.

I started reading up on toddler behaviour and schedules which led me to tot school. This brilliant idea instantly gave me hope that I could help him by challenging his intelligence rather than his stubbornness. I decided to start with an easy topic of shapes for our theme for the week. I chose one shape a day and a simple plan of a couple of activities for each day as well as a trip to the library.

I began by popping to poundland to get some craft items. This trip ended up being much more successful than I could have hoped. I found wipe clean books teaching toddlers shapes, letters and colours through different animal based books. We got 5 or 6 of them to go with themes we will work towards.

We started with circles on Monday. We began by explaining a circle, drawing one for noah to see and tracing it with his finger. We moved on to hunting circles around the living room, this included buttons, lids and decorative items. We played a game of choosing which is the circle out of 3 items and then drew around them on paper.

He had much better control of the pen than I thought he had and managed to get pretty circle looking shapes. We then moved to the book and Noah really surprised me with how accurate his tracing of the shapes was. We also made circle biscuits later in the day before he lost interest and started throwing things again.

I do feel like Noah school helped him to focus his thoughts and gave him purpose, he only really got unreasonable when he was tired.

This has had a huge improvement on our tolerance of each other. He has been less determined to get my attention through bad behaviour and I have been patient with him.

Today we touched on squares and without me realising he traced around the letters ‘c’ and ‘e’ of the word circle almost perfectly! I didn’t know he was able to trace letters but he is forever proves me wrong.

Tomorrow we are attempting triangles, hopefully he will be in a nice mood! Wish me luck x

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