We do periodic movie nights at our house which our whole family just loves. Sometimes though, we like to substitute our passive movie watching bonding with a Family Game Night. Board games are fun and can teach your child a lot. Aside from the obvious skills that the individual games promote i.e.: counting, colors, etc, board games teach children important life skills like taking turns, being a good winner as well as a good loser, cheering other on and cause and effect. There are so many great games geared for the Preschool and younger elementary age children. Some of the favorites in our house are:
Recognizing numbers can be a bit of a challenge for Preschoolers and Kindergartners. We spend so much time drilling the alphabet into these little guys and don’t exert nearly the same amount of effort with numbers. Sure, we count out loud to our kids, but do we teach them what a 7 actually looks like?
Parents are on the right track with counting aloud to their children. This teaches numerical order, as well as one-to one correspondence; the ability to match numbers to objects or object to object. Try some of these fun and easy ideas though and your child will get those numbers down pat too. The best part is, they won’t even know they are working!
Special occasions and holidays are a perfect time to teach children the art of writing a thank you note. Some people may consider it to be an outdated form of communication, but I just consider it to be good manners. Thank you notes incorporate so many different skills. Of course the obvious one is learning to be a considerate and gracious human being. It’s also a great way to teach your child about the different components of a letter; such as the
We all want the best for our children and are filled with hopes and expectations for them from the moment they are born. As they grow, it’s so difficult not to compare your child to their same age peers. My first son, Cody, who’s now six, was a very late crawler and walker. He did not crawl until 11 months and didn’t take his first steps until 16 months. Several of my friends and I were pregnant at the same time and it just so happened that we all had boys! It was very difficult not to feel badly about what Cody wasn’t doing compared to my friend’s babies. It would have been easy to brush it off and say he was just a late bloomer, but instead I wanted the opinions of professionals.
My three children have been immersed in the alphabet practically since they were born. We have a foam letter mat covering the floor of our playroom and an alphabet train hanging across the wall. We have the Leapfrog Fridge Phonics [...]
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the sheer amount of different events and activities that stem from this time of year. At my house, my kids love to stay busy whether we are out and about or sticking close to home. There are so many fun things you can do to keep your kids busy at home during this hectic time of year.