You are your child’s first teacher. By the time he is a preschooler, you’ve already taught him to walk and speak, two of the most difficult things a child will ever learn. You do not need a certificate in education to continue teaching your preschooler new things.
- Encourage, support, and praise curiosity, imagination, and exploration. These will fuel your child’s excitement for learning for the rest of her life.
- Take time to enrich activities like baking, repairing the home, and walks in your neighbourhood by teaching your child what you know.
- Every new day provides hundreds of opportunities for your child to develop vocabulary, problem-solving skills, and number skills.
- Read with your child. The single most important thing a parent can do to ensure a child’s healthy intellectual development is to read to him every day. Read picture books, instructions, signs, cereal boxes, comics, newspapers, and menus. Visit the library in your community often so your child has new, interesting things to read.
- Use play time to help preschoolers develop the skills they will need to enter school. Age-appropriate activities and toys build fine motor skills like holding a crayon, using scissors, zipping, buttoning, and tying laces.