How can I encourage learning in everyday life?
· Read to your child daily, even when they’re fluent.
· Talk about the stories you read together. What do you think will happen next? How does the character feel?
· Play “I Spy” during car rides.
· Create special quiet reading times and places.
· Visit the library every two weeks.
· Share ideas for books and magazines your children might enjoy, but let them make their own choices.
· Declare a family game night. Include pizza!
Birth to Preschool
What can I do to prepare my child for kindergarten?
Babies: Read, sing, cuddle, dance, read some more. Daily.
1 year: Talk about what you’re doing together. And read.
2 years: Provide washable markers for scribbling. And don’t forget to read.
3 years: Catch them doing it right. “Thank you for waiting.” Read books about feelings.
4 years: Provide structured peer group experiences with adults other than yourself. Keep reading. Every day.
5 years: Write out stories your child dictates to you. Have your child write his/her name on the story. Tell your child fun stories about when you were 5. READ!