Sunday, June 1, 2008

Continuing To Help Them Learn

If you are a stay at home mom or dad you might consider homeschooling your child. Children who are home schooled usually get to learn at their own pace, in their own learning style. There are many resources such as websites, others who home school, and local Teacher's stores that can help you if you wish to take on this task. These resources can also help you find information about the legal requirements in your state. It can be a lot of work, but some parents find it very rewarding. Even if you don't want to home school you may find home school resources helpful in teaching your child at home around work and school. Doing lessons or crafts with your child at any age is a teaching tool with the added benefit of spending quality time with your child. Continue to read to your child and/or encourage them to read. Reading is important at any age. Even as an adult reading is one of the most important skills you can have. No matter what options you choose to help your child learn, remember to have fun with them, show an interest in what they like, and enjoy your time with them!

Preschool Anyone?

As a parent you probably want your child to have a good education. For that reason many people decide to put their children in preschool. While this is a good idea for some, other people find it difficult to get their child into preschool. Sometimes the waiting lists for preschools are too long. Other times preschools may not meet parents expectations. Whatever the reason, many parents end up putting their child in daycare or keeping them home instead. What many parents may not realize is that they can do preschool at home with their children. Most lessons for young children are simple and take as little time as 10 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the lesson and the involvement of the child. As a parent, doing preschool at home is a combination of fun and time well spent getting to know your child better. Since it takes so little time to do this even children whose parents both work can benefit from this. Lessons can be purchased almost anywhere for very small amounts of money. Many areas have stores that target teachers and homeschooling parents, and carry a wide range of teaching materials. Color pages and lessons can also be printed off of your printer at home from websites. There are many websites that offer these printable pages for free. You can print anything from ABC's and numbers to seasons and holidays. Another good resource is your local library. Books are always good teachers. The library has many books on many subjects. Between ages 1 1/2 and 3 many children that showed no interest in books before begin to stop and listen if you read out loud. To get their attention you might try reading a children's book out loud to yourself. See if they don't stop and see what you are doing. Chances are they will! Many young children love to hear stories. Read to them often. Even normal play is a learning resource for children. Don't forget to let them just have fun and be kids!

Early Years

In the early years there are many things you can do to help your child learn new things. Since infants absorb information so easily, almost everything they see, hear, touch, taste, or have any contact with is most likely teaching them something. Picking toys that are rated as learning tools are very helpful in teaching children ages 0-1 year. Talking to your infant often is a good way to teach communication skills. This doesn't mean that your child will be able to speak in full sentences by the time they are 5 months old, however your child might be more articulate than people their own age when they do begin talking. Another thing you can do to help your child in the learning process is to read to them often. You can start the day they are born with short stories or poems. Some babies and children really enjoy being read to even at such a young age. When children start to notice their surroundings more point things out to them. Tell them what things are stating color, size, and other information to describe what they are seeing. This stage is incredibly easy to teach. The most important thing to remember is that each child is different, and because of this each child will learn different things at a different pace.
This is an informational blog. I am not a perfessional educator, and any information listed in this blog is based on my opinion and experience.