Who can forget their child’s first word. Was it your name? A favorite object? It’s pretty exciting stuff, and it feels natural to celebrate, praise and applaud our toddlers as they acquire new language skills daily. A parent’s enthusiasm, in turn, reinforces a child’s desire to speak additional words. However, psychologist Bob McMurray says parents stop emphasizing language as their kids leave toddlerhood. Since a preschool child’s vocabulary is a critical predictor of school preparedness and reading comprehension, it is important parents do what they can to boost it.
Reading aloud to your child is one of the most important things you can do to help build their brain and your family bond. Reading aloud books that are above your child’s own reading level provides new experiences and helps expand their vocabulary.So... cuddle up together with some great books!
The beginning of preschool is a major milestone for children and their parents. Preschool presents new challenges, even for children who have been in day care. Many preschools have expectations more commonly associated with Kindergarten or first grade. Some preschools even have entrance exams that require a child to demonstrate specific skills.
You’ve picked up your child from their twos, threes or fours program, with the rest of the day or the weekend ahead of you. Now what? It’s a common dilemma. “So many parents ask me, ‘What do I do with my child when we get home?’” says Elissa Sungar, a former preschool teacher at Stanford University Laboratory School and the co-creator of www.ifnotyouwho.org, a free website that guides parents through 300 short and fun daily activities to help them make sure their child is ready for Kindergarten.
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