Children learn in many ways. Young children especially learn best when their body is engaged, a process known as kinesthetic learning. Rather than simply listening to a lesson being taught, kids are actively engaged. This developmentally appropriate approach is a great way to develop literacy in toddlers and preschoolers. Red Apple Reading shares 10 great kinesthetic literacy activities for parents to do with their little ones today!
What do you think of when you think of learning? Do pictures of desks, quiet classrooms, and flashcards come to mind? While there is certainly a time and place for these things, the preschool years are probably not that time. Children (particularly small children) learn best through play and exploration.
Even as infants our children are learning. Have you ever tried to read your baby a book only to have her stick it in her mouth and chew on it? She is experiencing her world orally. As your baby grows into a toddler and then a preschooler, her experiences may become more sophisticated, but she is still learning through her senses. Parents can help their toddler and preschool children develop and learn by providing simple sensory experiences for them to enjoy.
As parents we want to know how we can help our children become successful readers. There are several reading essentials that kids must master before they can experience reading success. Today we will focus on the important foundational element of Phonemic Awareness and its importance in learning to read.
Parents do not often think of play time as an intentional part of the day. Many times we dismiss our kiddos with the vague instruction, “Go play!”. Although your child’s play time does not always have to be carefully planned, it is beneficial for preschoolers if at least part of their day is focused on intentional play. What items are needed to play intentionally and what does intentional play look like?