When you have a young child who is not yet ready to officially start kindergarten, you may be wondering what if anything you can and should do to specifically help them with their early childhood education and development. Most parents want to make sure that their child is developing at a proper pace and that they even have a leg up on other children when entering school. Get to know some of the steps that you can take to help your child with their early child development and education so that you can be sure you are doing everything you can to help your child grow and develop.
Read to Your Child Every Day
Even though your child is likely far too young to begin reading on their own, reading books or stories to your child on a daily basis can have a major positive effect on their growth and develop. As a baby as well as when they are a toddler, a child can and will learn vocabulary through books full of pictures that are read and explained aloud.
And as they get closer and closer to kindergarten age, your child will benefit from you reading to them so that they will be able to identify words and letters which better prepares them for learning to read in school. You may also be instilling in them a lifelong love of reading which will help them be successful in their academic future and life in general.
Make Time For Hands-On Learning Activities
Interactive play is also extremely important for young children. They learn about the world from physically interacting with people and objects. As such, making time for interactive hands-on learning is extremely important if you want to help them develop and be ready for school.
One of the ways you can do this is to find children's museums, children's zoos, or other interactive museum experiences to take your children to on a semi-regular basis. They have toys and activities designed to enhance hands-on learning. Other activities at home can include art projects, building with blocks, playing with play dough or other craft materials, or even cooking projects.
All of these different interactive tasks can ensure that your child has spatial awareness among many other important skills. These projects will also help them to develop an understanding of teamwork and important social interactions.
Now that you know a few of the ways that you can help your child with their early child development and education, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to prepare your child for their future.