Birth to five is the most crucial period for development in general. Parents are the most important teachers. Parents develop a child's self- esteem. The child's brain grows by opportunities and experiences provided by his/her parent. The brain grow to 90% of its size by age 5. A child learns 2/3 of his adult language by age 3. The brain grows because it is being used. How dose it grow? By opportunities and experiences. It's not about special games and toys. It's what you do every day that matters. Talk-Sing-Play-Read. Experiences with language and experiences with print.
Educators use to tell parents to read to their children, still do, but know we tell them to TALK to their children. Example: Saying nursery rhymes, reading thier favorite books, giving children an opportuinity to talk about their favorite movie in as much detail as possable. Example: walking children to school while talking on the cell phone, children will gain more insite by having a two way conversation about thier sorrounding or what they plan on doing at school that day. This will offer more time for language development.
Talking needs to be a 2-way communication. Speaking and listening lays the foundation for reading and writing. Reading begins with language. Reading continues with print. Keep the focuses on active learning because young children learn by DOING, not by watching or paper & pencil work.
Reading to your child helps build his vocabulary. If a parent can teach their child a love for reading, then it will be less of a struggle to do their homework when the child is older. In the beginning of school a child learns to read, later - like 4th grade - a child reads to learn.

1. Read to your child everyday. After wach story follow-up with questions about the story to see how wel child has comprehend information.

2. Have your child participate in self help task such as dressing self, brushing own teeth, helping to pick out own clothing, washing dishes, helping with cooking est.

3. Plan to volunteer in your child's class because you send the message that school is important and so you know what your child is learning.

4. Complete educational activities with your child at home to help make a connection between school and home such as cutting/pasting, playdough, counting, aplphabet & shape games est.
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