The first five years of your child’s life are full of developmental milestones, growth, and a whole lot of learning! In fact, 90% of a child’s brain develops during these formative years. Some firsts you'll notice from your child are skills such as eating, sleeping, cooing and of course that first smile that melts your heart. Other skills need special cultivating and encouragement as your child reaches his toddler years.
A simple approach to helping your child understand the world around him is by getting into the world with him! Go for an outdoor walk; visit museums and petting zoos with interactive exhibits. Those first five years are crucial in establishing your child’s love for learning! Eventually your child will start the “How come?” and “Why?” phase of learning which can be exhausting for parents after a while. One way to help encourage your child’s curiosity without going crazy is to enroll him in a preschool or childcare program.
Whether you choose a half-day preschool option or a full-day childcare facility to help your child learn, it makes a difference to have other enthusiastic adults investing in your child’s education. Talk with your child’s preschool teacher and learn what’s in your child’s curriculum. Think of creative ways to continue the learning at home that will enforce what he’s learning in school – explore the ABCs, colors and shapes etc. during everyday activities like cooking and cleaning.
Another easy way to encourage your child’s curiosity is as simple as talking with him! Ask him what he enjoys doing, how he likes to spend his time, his favorite part about preschool, etc. Getting to know the interests of your child will help you facilitate learning in fun ways which he’ll enjoy participating. Asking your child open-ended questions also helps him develop critical thinking skills, an essential asset as he approaches elementary and middle school education.
The adults in your child’s life who are committed to helping him succeed significantly influence his early learning experiences. Every moment of intentional teaching goes a long way in your child’s understanding of the world around him. From taking him to explorative museums to recruiting his help with sorting laundry, your child’s brain is processing and storing information at the speed of light in these early years!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies we understand the importance of establishing a solid educational foundation for every child in our care. From infants to toddlers and our innovative before-and-after school programs, we offer stimulating curriculum in a nurturing environment. Our highly trained team of teachers loves working with parents to make sure each child is getting the best possible education. Find a location nearest you and contact us today!