With everyone at home right now (social distancing is a real thing ya’ll!) now is the perfect time to help your child develop a love of reading! Check out these 9 helpful tips on reading for preschool parents!
- Read together everyday!
While this one is kind of no brainer, it still needs to be said! Make sure you and your little one are reading together everyday!
2. Give everything a name.
By giving everything a name children begin to associate letters and words with their meaning. It can be as simple as pointing out different things in your community such as a STOP sign, or labeling the items in your home.
3. Say how much you enjoy reading.
Kids love to do what they see their parents and older siblings do! So if you express how much you enjoy reading, they are more likely to enjoy it as well.
4. Read with fun in your voice.
Use silly and different voices for the characters in the book. By doing so your child’s attention will be held for a lot longer than if you just read in a monotone voice.
5. Know when to stop.
Is your child just not into the story? Don’t force them to sit and listen if they are having trouble. Take a break and try again with a different book.
6. Be interactive
Use puppets, ask questions, have your child predict what will come next. Just make sure you engage your child in the story!
7. Read it again, and again, and again….
Read the same stories again and again! Yes, your child will eventually memorize it BUT that’s a good thing! (That’s the first steps to reading!)
8. Talk about writing too!
Help your child make the connection that letters make words, and words make sentences.
9. Point print out everywhere.
Print is literally all around us! Point out different signs will out with your child and see if they can identify them.
*Cough* *Sneeze* *Picks Nose*…Let’s face it children can carry lots of germs around with them! That is why it is so important to help children learn good healthy practices.
1. Cough & Sneeze into elbow instead of hands.
Teach your child to 1 make sure they cover their mouths when they cough and sneeze and 2 use their elbow instead of their hands.
2. Keep their hands out of their noses and mouth.
Help remind your child that their hands don’t belong in their mouth or noses.
3. Blow their noses.
Children don’t just know how to blow their nose. They must be taught. Work with your child on how to properly blow their noses.
4. Hand washing.
Ensure children have proper hand washing techniques.
They need to:
1. Wet hands
2. Get soap
3. Scrub the tops, palms, inbetween fingers, under nails, and around.
4. It should take them no less than 20 seconds to wash their hands. (Sing happy birthday 2x)
You hear it no matter where you go “Little Suzy, make sure you’re sharing!” “Bobby share you toys.” “She’s not sharing.” Being able to share is such an important part of our lives, however children do not innately know how to share. Sharng is something children need to be taught. How can you help your child learn to share? Try these 5 ways.
1. Seek out social situations.
Children learn by doing. By seeking out social situations you are giving your child more time to practice sharing.
2. Share with your child.
Children are always watching. By sharing with your child they are seeing just how nice it can be when someone shares with them.
3. Take turns.
When playing with a toy or game activly take turns. Use the words “your turn” and “my turn” to help your child fully understand why sharing is so important
There are so many books out there on sharing! Some of our favorites are:
“Llama Llama time Share” by Anna Dewdney
“Share Big Bear, Share!” by Maureen Wright
“Be fair and Share” by Mara Mason
“My friend Fred” by Hiawyn Oram
“One snow Night” by M Christine Butler
5. Point out the positives for sharing and prasie your child when they do.
Learning to share takes time. Be patient with your child and show them the good things about sharing and make sure to praise them when they share with someone else.
We are halfway through our school year here at The Academy and we have been working on teaching our PreK-3 students (preschoolers age 3-4) to write! It’s an exciting time for them. They love to show how proud they are after they successfuly write their names by themselves for the first time. Here are some of the ways we work on teaching our students to write.
1. Let them do things themselves.
Let your child butter their own bread, peel oranges (like the Cutie brand oranges), open water bottles, and put on socks. All of these things help to build your child’s hand strength.
2. Use other things.
Try letting your child use a single hole punch, scissors (supervised of course!), play dough, paint, and chalk. This will help with their fine motor skills needed for holding a pencil and writing. Our writing centers are filled with everything from puzzles, to markers and crayons, to play dough!
3. Build with Legos, small blocks, etc..
Building with these things will help with hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
4. Unstructed outdoor play.
Let your child have unstructed play time! They need a strong sense of body awareness to be able to sit in their chair correctly, hold their pencil and their paper, before being able to write.
Learning to write takes time and patience. Keep practicing in new and fun ways with your child!
Changing schools can be an overwhelming experience, no matter the child’s age. Kids are worried about making friends and fitting in, while their parents worry about, well, everything! Use these tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Look at the school together.
Take your child with you to check out their new school. Try and make it as exciting as possible! If you’re excited your child is more likely to be excited!
Talk about it.
Don’t just up and switch schools. Talk to your child, ask them questions, and try to help ease their fears.
Keep in touch with friends at their old school.
For the first couple of weeks your child is going to feel new and alone. Helping them keep in touch with friends from their previous school will help them not feel so alone.
Keep their routine the same.
Lots of changes all at once can make a child feel out of control. Keep their morning routines the same as before. This will help give your child some normalcy during a big change.
Give it time.
Above all else, just give it time. It will take some time for your child to adjust to their new school. But in time they will come to love it.