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Infants

It is important that your child is allowed to explore the environment

Infant growth and stimulation- includes activities that builds the baby's five senses (sight, sound, smell, touch and taste). Infant growth and stimulation allows their curiosity, attention span, memory and nervous system to development. In addition, babies who are encouraged to explore will sometimes reach their development milestones faster, have better muscle coordination and more secure self image.

 

Not all children learn the same way.

There are different learning styles—visual, auditory, reading/writing and kinesthetic

Once your child shows you what best fits their learning style 

RUN WITH IT!

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Toddlers

Toddler growth and stimulation is the next key factor to a young child. Activities such as Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates the young child's senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.

Here are some easy-fun activities to entertain your toddler...

1. Play with toys

Break out the cars. Dump out the blocks. Grab some Barbie's, trains, animals or anything. It may make a mess, but it's easy to clean up and will keep your little one occupied for a minute at least, maybe two if you make cool crashing noises with the cars.

2. Feed them snacks

Toddlers not only get hungry quickly, but they also get bored easily—snacks are a win/win. Feeding them snacks keeps them from getting hungry, and at the same time, it gives them something to do. Plus, trying to pick up little cheerios is great for their fine motor development. Score!

3. Take them on a walk in the stroller

Sometimes a child just needs to sit buckled in a stroller so they can't run rampant, causing havoc wherever they go. They may even sit willingly if they are distracted by all the cool stuff outside. They can hear the birds, feel the wind, and see the flowers. Point out different things you see and hear. Bring snacks and toys if you want them to last longer on the walk. Keep moving so they don't get bored. And seriously, buckle them in. Not for safety reasons per say (although that really is the main reason), but for containment of the ever escaping toddler.

 

***Note

 

Not all children learn the same way.

There are different learning styles such as visual, auditory, reading-writing and kinesthetic. 

Once your child shows you their learning style

                           RUN WITH IT!

 

Preschool

Pre school Stimulation:

Through their playing, singing and learning, preschoolers gain skills that ultimately help them learn to read, write, build their math and science skills, and become successful students.

Reacher's like By Kristin Stanberry has defined their learning as:

Understanding Learning and Thinking in Preschoolers


It’s rewarding to watch preschoolers get taller, become more independent, and develop a unique personality. But how can you tell if he or she is developing age-appropriate learning and thinking skills?

It is amazing to watch young children as they learn about their world and develop new skills. As a parent and as your child’s first teacher, there is no one better able to observe this unfolding process and gather important information about how well she is developing the learning and thinking skills appropriate for a 3- to 4-year-old child. The guidelines that follow will help you understand what your child should be doing and learning – and how you can support her development.

 

Is your child developing age-appropriate learning and thinking skills?

It’s helpful to know what learning and thinking skills your child should be developing by age 3 or 4. Review the following list and note how your child is doing in each area.

****Note

 Not all children learn the same.

There are different learning styles such as

Visual, Auditory, Reading-Writing and Kinesthetic.

 Once your child latches onto a certain way such as                                 Books, Music or Writing 

                                   RUN WITH IT!

Pre-K

  • Starting Kindergarten Is Such An Exciting And Important Time For Children And Parents.

  • Parents Naturally Want Their Children To Have A Terrific First Experience.

  • Let's Be Honest There Is So Much To Learn In Kindergarten

  • 1.How To Ride The Bus

  • 2.Making New Friends

  • 3. How To Function In A Class Of 20-25 

  • 4.What Time Do I Eat Lunch

  • 5. Music and Art

  • 6.How To Find The Right Seat, How To Walk In Line In The Hall, And On And On!

  •  Children who begin kindergarten with a solid foundation and knowledge base will have a much easier time adjusting. 

  • While teachers certainly don’t expect children to come to school knowing everything already, the first couple of weeks will go much smoother if the child has a solid foundation. Students who are entering kindergarten should be able to:

  • Verbalize Wants And Needs

  • Children who greet one another with a “Hello,” who ask their teachers for what they need, who negotiate well with peers, and who speak up for themselves will do well socially in kindergarten.

  • Write Their Name

  • Ideally, the children will write their first names from left to right with a capital first letter and the rest lower case. At the very minimum, though, they need to be able to write some form of their first name that is recognizable to the teacher.

  •  Handle A Book

  • Not read it, but rather be able to locate the cover, hold it the right direction, turn the pages, and locate the text. The one and only way to teach this skill is to read to your child every single day. Have books in every room and in the car. Make sure that your child sees you reading your own books, too. Read, read, read!

  • Get Themselves Dressed

  • Kindergartners need to be able to put on their own coats and shoes and button their own pants. If your child hasn’t mastered shoe tying at the beginning of the year, don’t panic! Keep practicing, but be sure to send him to school in velcro shoes (or something similar) that he can do himself.

  • Be Independent In The Bathroom

    Kindergarten teachers are likely not going to be able to accompany their students to the bathroom. The students must be able to handle their own pants (no overalls or onesies!), wipe themselves, and wash their own hands. Start practicing at age 4. This one’s important!

  • Use Scissors, Glue And Crayons

  • There’s a lot of coloring, cutting and pasting going on in kindergarten. The children who already know how to use their school supplies at the beginning of the year get a big gold star. If you need some suggestions for using scissors, I love this set of pictures that shows the “right” way and the “wrong” way.

  • Identify Some Letters And Letter Sounds

  • Starting with the letters of their name, children who are entering kindergarten should know many of the letters. It’s helpful if they also know that letters make sounds, but not imperative that they know what each one is.

  • Count To 10

    Kindergartners should be able to rote count (1-2-3-4…) through 10 and also be able to count a set of objects (4 crackers) with good one-to-one correspondence.

  • Rhyme

    There is research that shows that children who have good phonological awareness skills (Rhyming is one of them!) tend to become better readers. Play with rhyming words with your child. Sing nursery rhymes and rhyming songs. Read books that have rhymes.

  • Separate From Their Parents

    Separation anxiety is very common among children who are just beginning school. Kindergartners who are happy and comfortable in the school setting are off to a great start. Read here for more information about separation anxiety.

  • Encourage your child to have fun playing and learning with your children today!

  • Write little index card notes.

  • Make a Mommy Tag saying "I Love You" add your picture to the tag.

  • Try to set it up to where you can get the child at least a few days a week or someone that would put a smile on their face.

All children don't learn the same.

Try Encouraged Learning Not Forced Learning

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