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How To Compliment Your Children's Education

Author : Stacy Reynolds

Many of the skills your child needs for preschool can be learned through play. Some of the simplest games and most basic toys can provide huge benefits to learning without feeling like "school."
Benefits of Building Blocks. Start with simple motor skills and coordination, Stacking and Sorting. Then ready, steady, Aim and knock them all down. All these skills are actions that your kids WILL need in school. Then you take these basic blocks and add the bright letters, numbers, animals and shapes. You are building their reading and shape recognition skills. You can teach colors, simple spelling, and so much more from these simple little cubes that you can pick up at any toy store. The can be used endlessly.
Read, Read, Read. The advantages of reading with your child from an early age are absolutely important. You share with them your own passion for reading. You foster an appreciation for the arts. Both written and drawn. You encourage their imagination and drive for lifelong learning. Books written for children now often includeguided reading levels. Suggested ages for age-appropriate reading are openly listed on the covers. If you offer a variety of levels you can compliment their skills. Easier books or books at the current level for your child will boost their reading speed. Some great titles are available through educational toy stores. Introducing more difficult levels, just a little above your child's comfortable reading level, will keep them challenged and reinforce the skill of sounding words out. Keeping them just past the comfort zone will consistently help them expand on this vital life skill. Don't discount graphic novels either, if the content is appropriate for your child, these books will still encourage reading skills and allow your child to expand their own interests.
Arts and Craft Time! Even the most basic scribbles are the foundation of so many skills. It's not just about letters|numbers|the end resulting pictures}. The range of skills involved with writing are profound. Propping oneself up on their elbows and laying on the floor to color stimulates a wide range of muscle groups. These same muscle groups are used for everything from grasping a pencil, using scissors successfully and even playing catch with mom or dad in the back yard. When your toddler has begun drawing circles with their food on the high chair tray, they are ready to pick up a crayon and get busy. There are so many types of coloring tools these days to fit the hands of wee babies right up to professional artists. Find what works best for your child and offer it often. You can even choose no mess items that only color on special paper and dry erase boards that are easy to clean up.
Don't push for perfect technique too quickly. Allow room for creativity and freedom. Applaud the simplest scribbles (even if only that it hit the paper and not the table!). Encouraging the act of just picking up the pencil is easily as important as whatever they may create.
Every moment can be used as a teaching moment. Whether you are naming colors, drawing shapes, cutting and pasting, or just simply drawing with no particular plan, these skills will last a life time and give your child an edge on school assignments.
And remember, just as it's important to provide learning games, is making sure that your child has plenty of unstructured play time as well. Learning happens constantly with children. Give them plenty of room to grow!

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