Shortly after Gareth started paying more attention to the environment around him, I noticed he was intensely fascinated by the pictures I had stuck up around the changing area for Gavin when he was much younger. So fascinated was Gareth that he could be quietly occupied for up to 10 minutes and sometimes longer.
To keep Gareth occupied while I handled Gavin during bath time, or when I had to take him to the toilet, I started sticking up educational posters around the room that I bought from MPH Bookshop.
I would put Gareth into the Bumbo and plonk him in front of one of the posters. When he tired of one poster, I would rotate him around the room to look at the other posters. It would usually last him long enough for me to do whatever I had to do for Gavin.
Sticking up posters around the room was not only useful for Gareth. Gavin took an interest in them, too. Recalling how successful we were with the Thomas Alphabet poster that I made for him when he was very little, I decided to stick up the Glenn Doman Bits of Intelligence cards for Gavin.
The Montessori Method believes that you should let your child guide the learning process. By sticking up the Bits of Intelligence cards, Gavin is the one that tells me which flashcards he wants to learn. Lately, he has been particularly interested in Polygons and Organs of the Body.
Having posters and cards up around the room has a dual benefit – keeping Gareth occupied while I’m busy with Gavin and it also has an educational purpose for both boys.