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Five Essential Skills
Being a baby and a toddler can be more work than parents might realize. Everything for them is a chance to learn and helps prepare them to enter preschool and kindergarten. There are many fun activities that help prepare little ones for these milestones in their lives and prepare them to continue learning and growing. These transitions are not any easier on a child's parents and caregivers. here are five essential skills to navigate child development!
Parents can assist learning by creating activities such as making a color game out of stacking blocks or racing cars. A game of playing in a kitchen can become an exploration of vocabulary and healthy eating. Playing with stuffed animals can awaken a child's imagination, compassion, kindness, and sharing.
Children of all ages should be included in the conversations and addressed directly no matter what a parent might be doing. Talk to them about objects, about colors, about the chores being done in their presence because these simple conversations will help them learn vocabulary and begin developing basic communication skills.
Singing is important even for developing minds, something scientists believe reach out before a baby is born. Songs can be the first language babies are exposed to and it can carry with them as they grow. Singing to children and babies helps cement the parent-child bond. It is much stronger with the parent doing the singing and not CDs or the radio. This aids in language and emotional development for the baby and the direct human contact it requires.
Reading is an essential skill to prepare young children for kindergarten and can be one of the most complex. Staring with the Alphabet Song and making books a part of bedtime from birth is a great way to get started.
Being able to understand the shape of letters helps preschool aged children to recognize the letter on sight. This sight recognition aids in the process of learning to read and can make it a little easier for children to grasp. Add in drawing to make things more fun and help with the motor skills needed to write properly. Use crayons or big pencils. Going high tech with apps that can be found for smartphones and tablets can also be useful for making learning to write rewarding and entertaining.