I can’t believe that I am already seeing back to school commercials; I feel like Summer just started. Today I have a special post for you by my good friend PJ over at Rendered and Renewed about how to get your kids excited about learning. Enjoy! And head on over to her site to show some love!
- Unplug – Turning off the screens maximizes the opportunity for creative play. Television, computers, and cell phone apps certainly can be used to supplement activities throughout the day, but not all day. Turning them off gives your child a chance to entertain themselves and quite possibly you as well.
- Read- Read a lot. Read to them before they can hold a book. As they get bigger have conversations about the stories and ask them questions about what they see in the pictures. When they are old enough to read on their own, have them read to you. Have them make predictions about what they think will happen in the story. Go to the library or used bookstore and let them pick out what they want to read. As a teacher I see everyday that students who appreciate a good book are always eager to learn more.
- Explore- Go on an expedition in your backyard, the playground or park. Track pretend dinosaurs and examine real bugs. Conduct easy at home experiments by making edible finger paint out of yogurt or pudding and food coloring. Use salt dough to be architects. Play hide and go seek by hiding a special toy for your child to find. Play I spy.
- Talk – Don’t just talk to your little one, teach them how to have a conversation by listening to them as well. Along with reading to your child, talking with them exposes them to new words and context. Narrate your day by describing what you are doing, ” We need to put your left shoe on. Where is your left foot? We are getting in the car. How many wheels are on the car? My shirt is yellow. What color is your shirt?” Having them describe their world with numbers and colors teaches them to pay attention and helps them explain the world around them.