From early morning until bedtime, children are experiencing new things
It’s a busy world and there’s a lot to learn. Just think about all the things they’ve learned already! By now, children have learned really important things about themselves and their family.
They know the daily routines and what to expect in the world they live in. Children have learned language. They understand differences between family, friends, and strangers. They have a sense of past, present and future.
You are responsible for teaching them all these things. Between now and the time they start school, there are some other skills and knowledge that will help them be successful.
You can help your children acquire these skills so they feel confident. We’ve talked a lot about learning styles in this module. It’s important to remember that no matter which style is dominant for your child, they still have to do as you ask. In many ways, it’s more important for parents to understand this so we can adjust our teaching style to get better results.
One factor is time of day
Each of us functions better at some points in the day than we do at others. For instance, I am not a morning person. It’s useless for me to try and learn new things until I’ve been awake for at least two hours. I learn faster in the afternoon and am far more creative at night.
When are you at your best?
Your child has the same kind of cycles. Watch to see when is the best time to introduce something new.
Children learn best through play
Experiment with different activities to enhance your child’s learning. Talk with your child. Ask questions and engage them in conversation. Encourage them to tell you about things they like to do.
Let them use the phone to talk to friends and relatives so they can get used to listening and taking turns to talk. The more you talk together, the better their communication skills will be and while they are doing that, they will also be developing the auditory learning style.
You don’t need to invest in expensive learning tools. You and your child can sort the socks on laundry day. Sorting is a major function in math and science. Cook a meal together. Cooking involves not only math and science but good health as well.
Tell and read each other stories. Storytelling is the basis for reading and writing and a story about the past is also history. Sing songs, dance or play a game like hopscotch together.
Playing physical games will help your child learn to count and start on a road to lifelong fitness. By doing things together, you will show that learning is fun and important. You will be encouraging your child to study, learn and enjoy school. Best of all, it brings you and your child closer together.