Boost your child's skills through guided playway learning
As a parent and caretaker, we all know that a kindergartener has lots to learn not just at school, but, at home as well. It is therefore, important for us to participate in this learning process
As a parent and caretaker, we all know that a kindergartener has lots to learn not just at school, but, at home as well. It is therefore, important for us to participate in this learning process by getting involved in the day to day activities of our child; in order to enhance the skill set and set a strong foundation for future.
Didyou know, that by just devoting 60 minutes to your child everyday you can make a meaningful difference? Did you know that some little steps taken by you can go a long way in forming a strong base for your child’s future skills? All parents must understand that teaching a child does not necessarily mean lecturing the child. Indulging and getting involved in the daily activities of our children is the best way to teach little ones.
I say this from personal experience. Getting involved with my child during his playtime made me realize how much we can contribute to our child’s learning and general knowledge by just making sure the playtime is spent under our guidance and supervision.
Recently, my little one, who is two and a half years old, was gifted a battery operated car. I saw him spending almost two hours every day, playing with the car. Deciding to get involved with him, I became a traffic inspector and practically made him learn all the directions and traffic instructions just while at play! Now my son understands when I say “Go right, go left, go back, go forward, stop, start the engine, horn please” and so on.
Scientifically, a new born baby’s brain is just one-third the size of an adult brain. While the part of the brain that controls day to day activities such as digestion, respiration, excretion etc, is already matured; the one controlling the child’s actions, movements, memory and learning takes time to develop, slowly taking clues from the environment and surroundings to build the skill set.
Let me introduce you to some of the most basic tips that will help you tactfully enhance your child’s skills and also strengthen your bond with each other:
Crazy colors: Coloring is something that is every child’s favorite. You may start by assigning different colors to different days of the week. Let’s say, if Monday becomes the Red color day ; then on Monday, start with asking your child to collect lot of things/objects of color red at home such as apple, strawberries, tomatoes, red beads, red clay etc ( here your child is not only learning to recognize the color Red but, is also learning to identify different things/objects).
- If your child is a fussy eater, you can even coax him to eat some Red fruits and veggies and you never know!
- Let your kid choose a red colored T-shirt or dress from the wardrobe that day.
- Ask your child to choose red color crayon or pencil from the coloring box and let her scribble at will on a paper.
- You can even do some paper fun together, by asking your little one to tear off some red glaze paper into tiny bits. You can draw a balloon on a paper and ask him to stick the bits into it. This will help improve writing skills and develop hand-eye coordination.
Family tree: Collect photographs of your family i.e. father, mother, siblings, grandma (paternal/maternal), grandpa (maternal/paternal), cousins. Now make a tree for your child with a circle hanging out of every branch. The top branches are for grand-parents and subsequent circles for the next generation. This activity proves to be good fun in identifying the families, relating them to one senior member of that family and most importantly, in helping the child understand relations and what part he or she plays in the family.
Hand-made greeting cards: When it’s festival time, let your child make a greeting card for each of your cherished family member. Be it crackers, diyas or candles for Diwali, or Chistmas trees and bells for Christmas cards; let your child express herself through these cards and even write heartfelt notes for each member. The sense of pride and confidence you’ll see in your little one will be unmatched.
My little dancing champ: Play any music that your child likes and make him dance on that music. You can also use number or alphabet floor mats for dancing and make your toddler jump from one number to another (repeat a sequence 5 times); this will help your child not only in remembering numbers but will also help in identifying some of the dance steps. Repeat the same dance steps by using alphabets and yourself feel the difference. You can also dance with your little one!
Shopping can be great fun: This activity starts from home. Offer your child new basket and pretend to go shopping with her. Let her collect all the necessary items according to his liking. This will help your child be a sport when you go go out shopping with her in reality the addition of and also help her recognize various daily need items of a family. You can then take this game forward to real life situations and enjoy shopping with your kiddo.
Fine Dining: Fine dining at home is a good idea once a week. Setup your dining table with proper layout of plates and cutlery. Ensure you also put napkins and napkin rings. While you eat, teach your child the basic table manners and correct use of cutlery. Notice the change when you’re out for a formal dinner and accept gracefully the praises showered on you and your child. And yes, Do not forget the finger bowl in the end!
- You can modify this a little and participate in your little one’s tea parties with all the toys as guests.Such games help develop the social skills of your child.
I feel, every responsible parent showers kids with a loving and nurturing environment; but, its equally important to contribute in enhancing their developmental skills like - communication skills, social skills, cognitive skills, IQ, physical and motor skills. We must never forget that, there is no better teacher than a responsible parent. Try out these simple ideas at home and share your additional inputs with me.