21.8.14

Explore The World With Your Children & @SavetheChildren + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway #FindTheWords

Can you remember the first time you saw the ocean or caught a firefly? Do you remember how excited you would get on the 4th of July when the sky would light up with fireworks or when you lost a tooth and the tooth fairy would visit? As we get older, it is sometimes hard to remember all of these firsts, but then we have children and the rush of excitement reappears as we begin to experience the world through their eyes.

From the moment I gave birth and I saw my son's wandering eyes exploring the room around him, I knew motherhood was going to be a very exciting journey. With children, every single day is a new adventure. Although we love to read and have shelves of books, there is really only so much you can learn indoors. I'm not the kind of mom who shies away from a mess and love for my boys to get their hands dirty. Most days you can find us outdoors exploring the world hands-on!
My son told me today that every day is a school day and he is correct. Even when not in a classroom, little ones are learning, developing, and exploring the world around them. I was so honored when invited as 1 of 30 bloggers participating in the #FindtheWords campaign with @SavetheChildren because education is so important and ALL children deserve the opportunity to learn. Save The Children is an amazing organization that provides access to books, learning support and a literacy-rich environment for children in need, such as those from low-income families. The Find the Words campaign highlights 30 words in 30 days to symbolize the 30 million fewer words that children from low-income homes hear by age 3.
A few of the many ways we explored our world in the past year!
Our word for the campaign is EXPLORE, which has pretty much been my mantra throughout life and something I want to instill in my own children. Even in the womb babies are developing, listening, and learning. Josiah was only two weeks old when he took his first road trip to the beach. Liam was three weeks old when we visited his grandparents hours away. Children are never to young to begin exploring and early childhood education is very critical for shaping children both cognitively and socially. Life is a learning experience and it's best to teach them at a young age to take advantage of every opportunity to learn something new.
How do you encourage your children to explore the world around them?

Save the Children provides kids in need with access to books, essential learning support and a literacy-rich environment, setting them up for success in school and a brighter future. We want to inspire you to spread the word about this wonderful organization, donate, and support children who may not have the same opportunities as your own. It's so easy to take for granted what is available for your own family, but the truth is that 65% of young children in need have little to no access to books. Please do your part to help children develop a love for books, education, and learning. 


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Disclosure: This post was written for Save The Children & the #FindTheWords Campaign. No compensation other than a reader giveaway was provided. All opinions written are my own.

36 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

I have them play outside to explore the world.

steve weber said...

I have them turn off the TV and go outside and explore.

Lemons Lover said...

I create opportunities for him to explore by going to the park or on nature hikes.

Janet W. said...

I encourage my grandsons to play outside a lot to explore their surroundings! We also visit lots of parks and trails to enjoy and learn about nature and the world around them.

Cheryl said...

Lots of outside play with few toys -- find ways to play with what they find in nature. So many fun creative adventures they have.

lil_lady_dz said...

We always encourage our children to explore the world around them by letting them be adventure seekers and to strive to learn about there surroundings. We do outside activities as a family a lot, we all learn something all the time from nature and being physically active.

Julie Wood said...

We go to parks the libraries and get books to read, and go to the beach and swim. We go on long walks and play outdoors.

Holly Thomas said...

They like to go to the Park.

kellyr78 said...

I take my kid to new cities and to museums.
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Alex Liz R. said...

I encourage them to try new things and go new places!

Kristy said...

Children are natural learners, just making things available to them will encourage them to explore. I have 6 children aging 20 months - 15 years, knowing what interests each, I can pick up different books at the library, items at the craft store, etc. just to have available and it's so much fun to watch them make it theirs! :) Thanks for the post and giveaway!

Betsy Barnes said...

I always encouraged my son to explore, ask lots of questions when he was interested in things. I made sure he had the resources, books and computer available for him to learn and discover :)

HS said...

I encourage kids to explore the world by taking them to travel.

aftergastricsleevesurgery said...

Turn off electronics and play outside

lilpinksocks said...

We encourage playing outside. On my daughter's favorite toys right now is a net and bug observation kit.

Amanda said...

We watch a lot of nature shows and then have dd try to point out things she has seen when we are out. We also try to take road trips every other year to give her exposure to other parts of the country.

slehan said...

I volunteer at the botanic gardens and love showing all the plants to kids and their families.

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Jennifer Hiles said...

I encourage my daughters to explore the world around them through books, reading, talking and getting involved in different organizations. Right now we are corresponding with an orphanage in Africa through Skype, letters and email!

Natalie F said...

We explore through reading, field trips, camping etc. I'm always pointing things out and also asking them to point things out to me. Asking them what they notice/see.

rikrin said...

I encourage my son to experience things without prejudging them; to be open to new ideas and different cultures. It is important to foster confidence in children so that they can eventually make their own decisions.

KV H said...

We read about different places & visit areas on road trips.

Joyce MommyTalkShow said...

My son is a voracious reader so every trip or car ride turns into a lesson on letters, sounds and grammar.

DeniseL said...

We live in a great city where there are so many cultural institutions (and many of them are free!). We get out a lot to see what's going on. And our library is a wonderful resource.

Tammy S said...

We try to go to different events put on by the city all over town. My kids also go to school in the heart of the city so they see much more of what is going on around them then most kids.

Marti Tabora said...

I think by turning off the tv and the other electronics and having them play outside is the best way to do that. They will learn and explore all by themselves if they are frozen in front of the television.

Amy said...

We have been doing more walks and outdoor playing than being inside watching TV or playing on the computer.

Elena said...

I encourage them by going on a day trips and traveling with them

aftergastricsleevesurgery said...

to explore neighborhood

nightowl said...

By taking them outdoors, to museums and reading them lots of books to get lots of hands on learning. (Rafflecopter name is Kimberly).

janetfaye said...

I teach my grandson about the world around by reading books with him and going to the park and for walks.

Stephanie said...

I have nieces and I seek out presents to spoil them with that encourage them to get out and see things. I have given them microscopes, bug and science kits, and art projects!

James Robert said...

The kids love museums, parks and anything outdoors and learn so much from it

Pixystik4U said...

yes most definitely! i encourage exploration and discovery throughout the town and city we live in

Kay said...

I travel with my grandchildren. The oldest has been all over the U.S., Canada, and Central America. She loves to travel and meet new people. She was taught to swim in Guatemala by a couple of girls with whom she did not share a language! Kids are great.

Courtney B said...

we go to a lot of outside places like the zoo, aquariums, the park.. so they can experience nature. i love to see their little eyes looking around everywhere!!

Jessica B. said...

I encourage my sons to explore the world by reading them lots of books, taking them to nearby attractions like zoos, museums, parks, interesting sites. We watch different shows and talk about new things daily. jj250@aol.com

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