Teaching Your Kids As They Grow
Everyday Activities to Help Educate Your Preschool Child
There is no one more enthusiastic about life than a preschool child. If you are the parent of one of these precious little ones, you are blessed. Helping children this age is a true joy, because they are very eager to learn. They are probably some of best students you will find anywhere. Here are some activities that you can incorporate into daily life that will allow your preschooler to excel in their education.
All children are ready for school at a different age and you want them to learn at their own pace, but there are some basic skills that will help them when the time comes for them to print and write. Mazes are an excellent tool that help them learn to make marks that are both curvy and straight. Encourage your child to draw a lot, and show them how to trace large letters. This will prepare them for when they have to use a pencil for smaller characters, as they will already have some practice following proper writing directions and strengthening their fine motor skills.
Use everyday situations to give your preschooler a head start in math. When you are at the grocery store, ask your little one to pick out six apples for you. Once they have mastered their basic numbers, you can make it more complex. Your child can use tiny pieces of food such as gummy bears for addition and subtraction. Ask them to separate the gummy bears into different colors. Talk about how many of each there are, and what the total number is. Ask them to subtract one pile from the rest. These kinds of activities help them to understand the concrete principles of math.
Every child thrives when exposed to music. Buy a few simple instruments for your child, such as tambourines and a recorder. Encourage them to use the instruments and make a tune, or shake the instrument to the beat of a song you play. This will help as they pursue any musical ambitions in the future, and will also help them with coordination.
Your preschooler will be a baker like no other. Most children have a love for cooking, and enjoy experimenting. Use this time to work in concepts such as math when you measure, art when you combine colors for frosting, and letter recognition when you make letter-shaped cookies and other goodies.
Little ones love crafts, and there are many age-appropriate activities for them to participate in. Preschoolers especially love using messy supplies such as glue, glitter, stickers, markers, and anything bright and catchy. Whether you are pasting shapes on construction paper or creating a unique ornament, your preschooler will be thrilled with any effort you put into the project. Keep it simple as it doesn’t take much to impress them.
In a world where electronics dominate, it is important to keep your preschooler active. This helps them with their gross motor skills, as well as bringing your child many health benefits. Your child’s physical, mental and emotional health will all be positively impacted as they run and jump. Try activities such as hopscotch, bicycling, skipping rope, and playing at the park.
Your little one is growing up. Now is the time to prepare them for what lies ahead. With all these ideas for preschool activities, there are sure to be at least a few winners. Contribute to your child’s preschool success with these fun activities. And after preschool your little one will be ready to embark on the all the new adventures in elementary school. Here are some ways you can educate your elementary school child.
Turning Daily Life into Educational Opportunities for Your Elementary School Child
Raising children to become successful, happy adults can feel like a challenge at times. But it is not impossible to bring them up to become educated, independent thinking individuals. There are many things you can do that will direct the situations faced in daily life towards a positive learning experience. Here are a few ideas of what you can do to encourage your child’s learning opportunities on an everyday basis, especially if they are in elementary school.
Involve Them in Adult Errands
Don’t leave your child or children at home with your partner when you have errands to do. Take your kids with you. Involve them in the planning process. Give them each assignments that they are responsible to carry out. Let them see what it is like to have to make decisions alone, and to work together as a team. Give them a small amount of money to spend, and assign them with a group of items they need to buy with that amount. You could ask each child to plan one meal, and then to find the ingredients needed for the meal within their budget’s constraints. There are many fun ways to teach children about different subjects and life skills.
Include Them in Discussions about Adult Topics
When you are discussing politics, finances, or any other adult topic, include your children. Don’t assume that they are too young to worry about it. Don’t assume they will assimilate these skills later on either, or glean them from someone else. It is amazing to learn of the large number of adults whose parents never taught them about basic life management, simply because the topic was awkward or difficult to teach. Allow your children the advantage of going into adulthood with a firm grasp of why they need to be involved as citizens, and what they need to do to provide a home for themselves and then manage it.
Share Your Struggles to an Extent
If you are having a tough time, let your children know about it. Don’t give them so much information that they will become worried or deal with stress because of it, but involve them enough that they learn that life is not always easy. Your children will grow personally and in empathy when they see that you are human and that you deal with challenges just as they do.
Ask for Their Opinion in Problem Solving
If you have a situation that needs to be figured out, let your child take the lead and offer their insight. For example, if you have brought your child along on errands, discuss with them what order you should complete the errands in and why. By providing your child with the opportunity to solve these common, everyday situations, they will stretch their minds and think about each situation from several aspects. When deciding on errands, your child will have to take into consideration if there will be anything that needs to be picked up first due to time constraints on store hours, or picked up last due to the fact that it needs to be immediately taken home after its purchase and refrigerated. This may seem simple, but to a young mind it is an opportunity for growth.
There are many ways to teach your children through daily life experiences. Use your creativity to weave lessons into the situations you face each moment. You will be satisfied when you look at your full-grown child who is ready to face the world because of the lessons they have learned from you.
Now once your child hits puberty these skills may be more difficult to teach. Here are some way you can still help and teach your middle schooler.
Expanding Your Middle School Child's Education through Life Skills
Don’t underestimate your middle school child’s abilities. At this age, your child can learn a lot of life skills that will contribute to a well-rounded education. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your child will gain many opportunities to grow as a student and person.
Give Them Their Own Bank Account
Your middle school child is old enough to have and to manage their own bank account. Start them off with a small amount of money that they are able to invest, and give them the opportunity to save and take charge of their own finances. Encourage them to deposit their own money from that point on, and remind them to keep track of how much interest they earn. It will certainly be a learning experience for them that will start them off on the road to future savings.
No one is too young to volunteer. Everyone has an ability, and every ability can be used for the purpose of helping others. Volunteering exposes your child to a variety of situations and many different people. Whether your child plays piano in a senior care home or walks dogs at a local pet shop, volunteering will help them decide what they may want to do later in life. It also gives your child a sense of responsibility and reminds them that their presence is important in the world, along with teaching the life skills of being on time and being dependable.
Your child doesn’t have to have a large home business in order to learn valuable skills through it. Even a simple paper route gives your child the opportunity to put their education into real-life practice. Delivering papers on time, collecting money from the customers on the route, and counting the total of money earned is a great education for any child in lessons of math, people skills and responsibility. These skills apply to any job in your child’s future.
Gardening is a great way to further your child’s education. Gardening will teach your child basic science principles such as growing food from seed and how to do it in the most efficient way. It also gives your child an education in where our food comes from, and what we need to do in order to create a world with a hospitable environment toward healthy food production.
Basic Household Duties
There are basic household duties that every child should know. Keeping their room tidy, doing their own laundry and making a simple meal are some skills that will serve your child well in life. Give your child the opportunity to learn these skills when they are young, so that they do not have a constant struggle in these areas as an adult.
Your child’s middle school years are a time where their world is expanding rapidly. There is always more that they can learn, however. Give your child these opportunities and see them continue to grow to become a responsible child who will someday become a responsible adult.
Everyday Activities That Help Your Teen Apply What They Learn
Your teen is at an age where they probably feel ready to take on the world. This is a great age for introducing them to activities that will expand their world and help them to apply what they are already learning in school. The possibilities are endless. Here are some supplementary activities that you as a parent can do to encourage your child to continue to grow in their education.
This is one basic chore that can teach your teen skills that go far beyond basic ones. There are many facets involved in the simple act of grocery shopping. From meal planning for different sized groups, to organizing weekly family meals, to finding the items in the grocery store and purchasing them within a budget. This is one activity that has many benefits. Grocery shopping will help your teen see the importance of math, reading and organizational skills, all within a few hours.
Budgeting with Parents
Budgeting is something best learned while you are relatively young. The preferable time to teach them about money management is when your teen is still living at home. Allow your child to look at your family finances. Most children are trustworthy with the info, and can learn valuable lessons about budgeting while watching you manage your household. Involve your teen so that they can see why you make the decisions you do, and how to problem solve when necessary.
Expanding on the middle schoolers home business, many adults are becoming entrepreneurs, and are working for themselves rather than for someone else. Whether your child continues with a home business, or becomes an employee, managing a home business as a young person will make the financial principles floating around in their heads become a more concrete matter. When you have to balance books, suddenly math becomes a reality and your teen will realize exactly why they are putting in long hours to learn these concepts.
As discussed earlier, volunteering is a great experience for any child of any age. In the teen years, volunteering can serve many purposes, including exploring areas of possible future job interests. Whether your child wants to become a cook or a veterinarian, there is an opportunity for them to volunteer somewhere that sparks passion inside them. Encourage your child to volunteer in at least a few different places throughout their teen years, as this will give them a taste of what the working world is like, and will help them choose a place of employment when they are older. This is due to the fact that their volunteering will have exposed them to many different workplace atmospheres. Your teen may even land their first job because someone they volunteered for didn’t want to let them go when they were ready to look for employment.
Teens have the world at their fingertips. Encourage your teen to look beyond his or her immediate situation and into the future. By incorporating these everyday activities into your child’s life, they will expand their education and become a leader in tomorrow’s world.
I hope you enjoyed this post about how you can educate and teach your child as they grow and in each stage of their life. How do you teach your child?