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You are your child’s first teacher!
When my son was a toddler, being a stay-at-home mommy was the best job in the world! The joy of waking up every morning to his inquisitive nature and thirst for knowledge was – fascinating. Prior to having my son, I didn’t know someone could be that happy and smiley first thing in the morning, or that a 2-year old would have so many questions! Without really understanding at the time, I was an early childhood educator. I was my son’s first teacher.
Early childhood development is crucial!
Every morning Riley woke and asked the same question, “Mommy, what day is it?” I credit this question to his knowledge of swimming lessons on “Tuesday” and library story time on “Thursday,” both activities he loved and anticipated. At age 2, Riley was able to identify 10 colors and 3 shapes. I was preparing to introduce more shapes to him when I had a lightbulb moment. I ventured to local stores in search of an engaging, interesting, and fun toy that combined 10 colors, 10 shapes, and the days of the week in one product. (When searching for this “product,” it was very important that I found one where Riley could SEE the days of the week in written form because he was a visual learner in addition to an auditory learner.) I did not find a multi-functional product that addressed these 3 early childhood skills together. That was the moment I decided to create my own product.
The 3-in-1 Learning Magnets set is born!
I created 10 brightly colored and different shaped magnetic pieces: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, heart, diamond, star, pentagon and hexagon.
Using the 3-in-1 Learning Magnets
Riley was not reading at 2 years of age, but when he asked his daily question, “Mommy, what day is it?” I would give him the color cue that corresponded to the day and shape. He would remove the colored magnet from the refrigerator and bring it to me, whereupon, I would tell him the shape, day, and the letters that comprise the spelling of that particular day. The repetition of using this early childhood product every day taught Riley shapes, days of the week, and grew with him as he mastered skills. Today many preschool teachers and homeschool families are using the 3-in-1 Learning Magnets set on their whiteboards for calendar time. They have also found additional uses for the pieces: tracing, color matching, and cutting practice. The shapes also fit nicely into a small pouch making them perfect for on-the-go fun at appointments, restaurants, sibling sporting events, or sleepovers at grandmas.
“I want more Mommy toys!”
Because Riley enjoyed the 3-in-1 Learning Magnets so much, he requested “more Mommy toys.” My first thoughts: “WHAT and UMMM, OK.” With index cards (so many index cards) in hand, I created games, characters, and, oftentimes, character back stories based on subjects he would find interesting. All of the games I created have an educational focus or several ranging from colors, shapes, counting, patterns, adding, subtracting, sight words, and many more. These “Mommy games” inspired the formation of Home Learning Company and are now loved by all who play. Your family will have so much fun grabbing matches; counting meatballs; helping Allie Gator chomp snacks; helping Benji Bunny collect healthy food items; hanging out at the Big Top; or creating Fireside Snacks, the kids won’t know they’re learning. All Home Learning Company products are screen-free and promote social interaction, which means no batteries or charging cords required!
About the Author
Trina Niemi is the founder/owner of Home Learning Company. She has authored 3-picture books and developed 7-early childhood learning products, including the Mom’s Choice Award winning 3-in-1 Learning Magnets. The title Ms. Niemi has cherished the most for the past 16 years is: MOM. As a stay-at-home mom, she enjoyed filling everyday with “adventures,” games, “art projects,” reading, fun, and laughter while preparing her son for his school-aged years. Now that Riley is a Sophomore in High School, Ms. Niemi is working towards adding an early childhood education certification to the bachelor’s degree she already holds in Communications.