If you are already thinking about enriching your child's brain with preschool education, there are so many things you can do that it would be almost impossible to fit them all into your schedule. From activities at home to enrolling your young child in daycare, here are some ideas that might help you to get started on a great adventure for both of you.
Activities At Home
Think of your entire home as a learning base for your child.
Baking and cooking with your little one can be safe and a lot of fun. In addition, he or she will be learning new things. For example, as you make cookies, let your child experience new sensations. Encourage him or her to do things like smell the vanilla, touch the raw eggs, and taste the chocolate chips. Show him or her what measuring means.
Read! Have books everywhere so that you can look at them together. For example, have books on your outdoor patio so that you can easily access them. What fun it will be to read together while you're relaxing in a hammock or swinging on a bench swing.
Think about having actual learning centers in your family room. For example, have learning games neatly stacked on your coffee table and have a jig saw puzzle going frequently.
Activities Outside Of The Home
Plan your time with learning in mind.
Teach your little one that going out can be a learning experience while you're having fun running errands. For example, when you're in the grocery store, think about asking the floral department if you and your child can watch the arrangements being created.
Go to every museum in your area, even if you think your child is too young to enjoy it. Think about letting him or her take a pad and colors to an art museum so that he or she can mimic the paintings that are on display.
Enroll your child in daycare. Talk about a learning adventure! At daycare your child will learn through singing songs. He or she will have access to a myriad of learning toys and games. The caregivers will have the experience to direct your child to activities that will stimulate his or her brain.
Part of the learning experience your child will have at daycare is simply being with other adults and children. He or she will learn what it means to take turns and to follow rules.
Ask your little one which things he or she enjoys doing the most so that you can repeat them. If you do decide to enroll your child in daycare, think about starting with just one or two days a week, and then increasing his or her attendance as time goes by. For more information on child education, contact a professional.