The effective parent/teacher is a good observer. As Dr. Squibb relates, watching helps a parent figure out what to do next. A toddler will give clues as to what fascinates him or her.
Karen Llewellyn of San Jose, California, follows daughter Jamie's lead in pursuing activities. "We usually do things Jamie is particularly interested in. Lately it is hopping. I've played more hopscotch recently than in all my grade-school years!"
Edwards' daughter, Cierra, now age seven, has had a lifelong passion for the ocean. Edwards is convinced that the decor in Cierra's room, which is decorated like an aquarium, sparked the interest. How a room is decorated may play a part in inspiring curiosity. Jackie Silberg, author of 125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos, says any environment can stimulate a child's interest. "It's a good chance for a parent to discuss the wallpaper and objects in the room." This is another way to develop language and the future ability to read.