Understandably, all parents want their children to develop healthily and happily. At Redlynch Daycare Centre, we place a strong emphasis on fostering a positive learning environment and supporting each individual child as they go through their unique growth journey. Here are just a few tips from our educators on how to promote early learning for your child at home.
- Read to your child every day.
Literacy skills are an important area of development for your child, and it’s never too early to start encouraging learning of literacy. You can read age-appropriate books to your child, which will help them become familiar with new words and expand their vocabulary. We recommend reading once per day, but if that’s not possible, you should aim to read as frequently as you can. Picture books are helpful as they can encourage your child to become invested in the narrative, and they also often have large printed words so your child can read along with you.
- Ensure your child spends adequate time socialising with other kids.
Social skills and social understanding is another area that your child will continually grow and develop in. To promote and encourage social development for your child, it’s important that your child is exposed to diverse social situations and environments where other children are present. Most children will experience the dynamics of a social environment when they start to attend a daycare centre or early learning centre.
- Incorporate educational exercises into your everyday life.
As a parent, it’s likely that you complete most of your daily tasks and errands with your child nearby or following suit. The truth is that everything you do with your child can become a learning activity. Maths and language skills can easily be learnt and emphasised throughout your day-to-day schedule. Your children will naturally absorb information and acquire new skills without even realising they are doing educational exercises. You can try counting, singing, measuring, telling stories, pointing things out, and sorting things throughout the day. The key is to talk through all your activities and ensure you are discussing the numeracy and literacy factors out loud.
- Make learning fun and never restrict play.
Learning doesn’t have to be boring and exhausting. Everything that your child does contributes to their development and encourages learning. For example, playtime is also learning time because it encourages development of fine motor skills and creativity. Rather than only providing your child with traditional educational resources, you can provide them with a range of arts, crafts and toys to foster an enjoyable and diverse developmental environment.
- Spend plenty of learning time with your child and maintain a positive attitude.
When you spend time with your child, whether it is learning-focused time or general quality time, they will instinctively grow and learn from you. In the modern world, it can be hard to find time as a parent, but it’s essential that you allocate a portion of everyday towards playing and discovering as a family. Having a positive attitude towards life, school and learning will encourage your child to also think positively about growth and development.