|Tips#1: Read Together Every Day|
|Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.|
|Tips#2: Give Everything A Name|
|You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"|
Preschools are often not taken seriously by parents, particularly, when one of two is always available to care for the baby. A baby needs the nurturing of his/her parents, but all the same, it also needs the guidance of teachers to be able to take baby steps towards a career of learning. Parents often take upon themselves to home tutor their babies till they are of the age to go to a kindergarten. While that enthusiasm is generously appreciated, that decision of not sending your children to Northridge preschools has some drawbacks. Your child will not only miss out on a fantastic opportunity to learn to socialize and make emotional connections with others outside their family, but they will also be behind in the learning race.
Alphabets and Their Sounds
You may fail gloriously at the task of teaching a baby all the 26 letters of English alphabet. It is not only a test of patience, but also a matter of time and enthusiasm. In school, learning the same thing gets so much easier, and might I say fun. At a day care center Northridge, children are taught all letters and their sounds.
Objects, Colors and Shapes
|Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together|
|Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.|
|Tips#4: Be Interactive|
|Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.|
This is the fun part, but not if you know how to make learning fun and interesting for a little infant. Teachers at daycare centers train the children to identify colors by their names. They are also taught to recognize shapes with their names. Children are familiarized with elementary objects around them like cars, toys, phones, body parts, shoes, clothes, animals, etc. The teachers in preschools have unique ways of introducing these objects to the children. They use replicas and actions to teach them their names.
Pre-math at this point may feel harder than calculus for your kids, but not when it's taught the right way. Pre-math mostly involves numbers and counting. However, do not expect your child to return home learning all the way from 1 to 100. It's a slow process and patience should be had to see them through it. Numbers and counting are taught using catchy, colorful pictures.
Art and Craft
Preschools have special art and craft lessons where children are taught the basics of drawing, coloring and later, cutting. It is here that they learn to use paintbrushes, glue and pencils. So, art and craft makes an important part of the learning program. Though it's classified as co-curricular, it polishes their penmanship and even drawing skills. It is in these classes that your child may find a true hobby or interest.
Sharing and Socializing
Preschool is where a child learns to share and socialize. It is their first step towards making it to the bigger world out there. The school is but a microcosm of our society and it makes all the difference to the infants if someone held their hand on the way from the crib to the pool.
|Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again|
|Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.|
|Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too|
|Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.|