From the time your child was a tiny baby did you notice how she or he absorbed everything around him or her? It might have seemed like your baby's eyes were taking in all that the world had to offer. Sometimes taking in might have even included taking things into his or her mouth that you had to retrieve. Now that your child is a toddler, you have probably noticed that learning has taken on a whole different meaning.
If you want to give your little one a head start by teaching him or her new things, from making your home a place of learning to enrolling him or her into a pre-school program away from your home, here are some ways that you can prepare your child for the time that he or she will go to kindergarten in a real school.
Make Your Home A Learning Place - Besides those things that your child will learn automatically, just by being alive and alert, think of ways you can enhance learning in your house. For example, think of having a small table and chair right in your kitchen so that your little one can work by himself or herself while you prepare meals or while you work on things like paying bills or writing letters. Each day, consider things you can place on your child's small table that will stimulate his or her mind.
For example, one day you could have an age-appropriate jigsaw puzzle for your child to work on. Another day you could set out plain pieces of paper and chunky crayons so that your child can create pictures. On yet another day you might have clay available. On the days that you offer your child clay, consider also providing cookie cutters and a small rolling pin that he or she can use along with the clay.
Consider A Pre-School Program - Is your child ready to go to pre-school? If so, that would be a great place for your little one to learn new things while he or she is playing. Another great thing about enrolling your child in a pre-school program is that he or she will learn to interact with other children and with other adults.
Besides learning things like early reading and numbers, your child will learn classroom manners that will also be used when he or she goes to kindergarten. Consider keeping a journal that records the new things your child learns while he or she is at pre-school.
For more information, contact a company like The Cottage School.