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A Prepared Learning Environment

A prepared environment for your child encompasses a number of aspects that require special attention. Your child’s physical surroundings will be the first step to a favorable learning environment. From there, we look into other little things around your precious little one, that contribute to a wonderful and conducive learning environment that both you and your child can be happy with.

The Surroundings

Only when the surroundings are accommodating as well as mentally and physically stimulating for a child, can it then be considered to be a prepared and suitable learning environment. Since a child begins learning from such a young age, the environment should change vaguely to suit your little one at his/her different age group. We also know that children learn fastest through creative exploration, so the surroundings should facilitate this factor in order to maximize your child’s learning ability. Move towards creating an environment that would allow a child to do more self-learning compared to constantly having someone around to control movement and make decisions for the child. Another important aspect to consider is to have other little ones (this may be friends or siblings) in that same environment as your child. Research and observations over the years have shown that young children learn effectively from other children in their surroundings, supporting mental development as well as progress in speech. 

Furniture & Tools

Once your surroundings are pretty much set up, you will need to think and re-think about the furniture or equipment in your child’s environment. The most effectual idea would be to use furniture of correct proportions to your child. Child-sized shelving, tables and chairs, utensils and other materials aid in encouraging your little one’s success in maneuvering around his/her environment and success in manipulating these things that he/she come in contact with. Adult-sized items don’t foster learning and explorations in children. Most of the time, children are put off by how large or heavy an object is. For example, a child would not be able to lift a jug of water if the jug is adult-sized, leaving the child upset, apprehensive, dependent and unwilling to complete such a task, disrupting his/her learning cycle. Keep things small where possible to promote independence and learning in your child. Also, an important note is to constantly remind yourself that the environment should always be clutter-free. Stacking up toys and materials will only discourage your child from being in such an environment.

Toys and Materials

A good implication that adds to a conducive environment for your child is to rent toys instead of buying. This helps reduce mess and untidiness around. Now with that in mind and the furniture and tools around the room in check, you will need to make sure that the toys and other similar materials you place in your child’s environment also encourages learning just as his actual physical surrounding does. After all, you didn’t work so hard to get all that done and forget about the toys he/she spends a lot of time on. You will need toys that cater to your child. This means age-appropriate toys that encourage and stimulate development according to your child’s level of difficulty. Toys that are too advanced will only deter your child from learning, and you wouldn’t want that. Toys that are too simple are not mentally stimulating enough and will bore your child quickly. One way to determine what toys are best for your child is through observation. Pick out several toys that you find appropriate at your child’s age and observe as your child plays with them. As you are observing, you will notice that young children are attracted by toys that are colorful and toys that do not look too complicated. With observation, you will be more confident the next time you choose to buy/rent a toy for that perfect environment you prepared for your precious little one.

 

About TOYconomy

TOYconomy is an online toy rental and exchange program that can help you significantly decrease toy clutter and help you save money and resources by being more selective about the toys you choose. Founded and established in 2010 by a mother of three in Richmond, VA, TOYconomy’s mission is to help you keep your kids happy and healthy without having to burn big bucks.

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What’s your wish list?


TOYconomy wants to help you SAVE this holiday season,

…in more ways than one!

Every day is BLACK FRIDAY with TOYconomy! Customers save up to 75% off of retail every day (this will be reflected in new pricing structure coming soon!), plus you get to send the products back when the interest is gone and replace them with toys better suited for your child at that time! Plus, the great thing about ordering now is, because we are such a new business, the majority of our inventory is NEW! TOYconomy maintains very high standards for our “used” inventory as well.

TOYconomy is offering a special “HOLIDAY SHOPPING” program for all registered customers to help make your holiday shopping “TOYconomical” this year. 

  

If you are interested in a GIFT CARD, send an email to info@toyconomy.com with the amount you would like on the gift card and a personal message to be included (optional) and we will email an invoice to you. Your gift card can be emailed or mailed, your preference!

Order your items no later than December 8 to ensure delivery before the holidays. *All items will be shipped or hand-delivered (for local deliveries) within 7 business days of placing your order.

OUR GIFT TO YOU FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

STRESS-FREE ORDERING

Renting instead of buying for the holidays? We understand your hesitation, but we want to ease your mind by offering a “stress-free” ordering policy through the holidays. If you are not 100% satisfied (but we think you will be!), send your order back to us within 14 days and you will receive a 100% refund.

REDUCED DELIVERY FEES THROUGH 12/31/10

NONLOCAL ORDERS – $10 FLAT RATE for 30-day rentals

LOCAL ORDERSFREE for 30-day rentals (Richmond, VA and surrounding areas)

*Shipping is always included in the 60-day rental plans

 

EXTRA MONTH FREE

All orders placed before December 8 will receive an extra month free! If you place your order on or before December 8, your rental period will be:

60 days for all 30-day rentals

 90 days for all 60-day rentals 

 

FREE PICKUP FOR ALL ORDERS

Moving forward, TOYconomy is offering FREE PICKUP for all nonlocal orders(pickup is included in the delivery and return fee for local orders, which is FREE through 12/31). No need to choose this option at checkout. When you receive your order, you will receive a packet that will include your scheduled pick up date. FedEx will come to your house to pick up the package. All you have to do is pack it up and set it outside your door on your scheduled date. TOYconomy will send a reminder to you one week before your scheduled pickup date and will call you the day before to make sure it is a good time for you. We hope you enjoy this added benefit!

 

YOUR ORDER WILL BENEFIT THOSE IN NEED!

 

TOYconomy believes in putting money to “good use”!

A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, VA to benefit their programs that help at-risk and homeless children and their families.
TOYconomy has also recently partnered with a local elementary school to provide “wish list” items to the children at St. Joseph’s for the holidays. If you are interested in donating an item for the “wish list”, please contact info@toyconomy.com for more information – every item donated will equal 1 credit point for a 60-day rental plan (additional credits for larger items).
Please read more about St. Joseph’s Villa on their website at www.neverstopbelieving.org.

Teach Your Older kids to Coach Your Younger Ones

A Different Approach to Learning

As Jean Piaget (9 August 1896 – 16 September 1980) suggests, a fundamental aspect of child development from as young as a newborn, is the child’s environment. One point many parents tend to overlook is the fact that a child-centered environment is most beneficial to a growing child. A child-centered environment could include a number of characteristics, making learning more conducive within your home. From having child-sized furniture, materials/toys that target specific objectives for children and even getting older siblings involved would create a more natural environment for any child.

John B. Watson (January 9, 1878 – September 25, 1958), and American Psychologist, along with many other theorists suggests in an environmentalist theory, that a child’s environment contributes greatly to his/her development and learning. Children’s behavior and development are shaped and affected by the reactions they give towards their surroundings. This is one of many reasons why kindergarten or preschool is one of the most beneficial environments for a child to be in. Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) also suggests that children are natural teachers to themselves and to each other, and when given due freedom to exploit that and with proper guidance, will build fine characters in children as well as quicken the learning process.

Having older children around your younger ones is a brilliant idea since very young children tend to ‘want’ to be like their older sibling. How then would we know if the older child is teaching the right thing?  Speak and explain clearly to your older ones that their younger siblings tend to follow closely by example. This means through both actions depicted and verbal communication – what their eyes see and their ears hear. Give examples of how an action (such as throwing a toy across the room) would cause the younger sibling to mimic it thinking it is right or okay. On the other hand, actions such as sharing a toy or cleaning up a mess will help younger siblings mimic positive behavior.

As adults, we can also portray good behavior to encourage and indirectly send messages to our older kids on how they should react around younger ones. Older children tend to lean towards guiding or mentoring younger siblings just like how parents do. This builds a sense of confidence in them and gives older siblings the opportunity to be just like mom and dad. As a role model to the younger ones, older children will adopt good behavior to set good examples to their little brothers and sisters. A gentle reminder every now and then will also help guide the older kids in this direction. In this instance, actions speak louder than words.

About TOYconomy

TOYconomy is an online toy rental and exchange program that can help you significantly decrease toy clutter and help you save money and resources by being more selective about the toys you choose. Founded and established in 2010 by a mother of three in Richmond, VA, TOYconomy’s mission is to help you keep your kids happy and healthy without having to burn big bucks.

Follow TOYconomy on Twitter or Facebook to stay updated and win prizes every month!

TOYconomy is available at http://www.TOYconomy.com/.