A child’s mind is constantly learning and growing. From new words to bolder steps, as kids age their bodies and minds take on new challenges as they learn to navigate life’s hurdles. Growth and change are inevitable through childhood, and parents play the lead role in helping to cultivate a child precocious and blossoming mind.
Reading to children tops the list of the things that parents can do to help their child develop key skills for learning and to prepare them to begin school. From birth on, read aloud to children every day (or night) for 15 minutes. This helps children develop sounds for speech and learn new words. Talk to children while reading a story; ask them about how a character might be feeling in the story or see if they can predict what might happen next. Always create a positive environment through reading; academic and literary confidence goes a long way for children…especially when they begin to take standardized tests in upper grades.
Story Time at libraries or bookstores is an ideal opportunity to help kids learn new social skills and also benefit from more books. Many Story Time events are an hour long and may include a craft, dancing, and silly songs. Kids from babies to preschoolers can jump to the music, learn new songs and rhythms, and socialize with other children their age.
The great outdoors holds many opportunities to engage a child’s mind. Explore a nature path, and see what kind of animal tracks you might find. Or go on a scavenger hunt and try to find flowers or other treasures in every color of the rainbow. Have children use their senses to explore the world around them; take time to smell the flowers, feel the grass beneath feet, see the beauty of nature, and hear the birds.
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