Growing into Readers
- Play is important for young children, giving them endless ways to develop and learn. All types of play are essential for children’s development and early learning. Play helps children to develop and improve their gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination and concentration, work cooperatively and collaboratively, use all their senses to discover and explore their environment, and develop their imagination, creative thinking and ability to problem solve.
- Children love dramatic play. Use props, costumes puppets, adult clothes or shoes, or dolls to act out and have fun! Play house or reenact favorite book, classic tale, or make up your own story. Preschoolers love it when you just play along and let them be the director.
- Cooking with your child is a great way to add math, playing, vocabulary, sensory exploration, logical ordering, and confidence boosting. Let them do as much of the work as possible. When at the grocery store, have your child pick out a new healthy food they’d like to try every time, this will allow children to feel accomplished, learn about new foods, and try new recipes at home.