Through our “I Am My Child’s First Teacher”  series, we want to provide parents with a greater understanding of how to support their child’s needs during their formative years. Our series, accompanied by short videos, helps emphasize the importance of how parents can actively participate in their child’s early development and ultimately better prepare them for the future.  

Did you know that peek-a-boo and hide and seek are great ways to help children learn objects which help them to begin to relate and understand the world around them? The size of your child’s vocabulary and the ability to name letters is also an essential part of preparing your child for school. Below, we have provided a few tips on how to help your child understand the world around them.  

 

Understanding new meanings   

Younger children have an incredible ability to pay attention to every tiny detail around them; their focus is often overtaken by new sounds, smells, and sights. This attentive behavior is critical for learning. While you may question why your child asks to read the same book over and over again, it’s because every time they hear it, they are processing new pieces of information. Allow your child to read over their favorite book, as it will continue to introduce new meanings and help them memorize the vocabulary.  

 

Developing sensory skills 

Little ones learn with their whole bodies, especially when it comes to sensory learning. Sensory games expose children to many new experiences, textures, and materials. While it can be very calming for your children, it also presents them with a new language– rough, smooth, crumbly, brittle. Allow them to explore their senses while playing with sand, bubble wrap, water bead bags, glitter jars, building blocks, and any other sensory games. Not only will this get them familiar textures, but it will also strengthen their little hands and build motor skills. 
 

Gaining different points of view 

In the early stages of life, toddlers are still learning that there are different points of view. When engaging them peek-a-boo and hide and seek, your little ones may think they’re well hidden; meanwhile, they’re hiding behind the curtain with their feet sticking out. Your child may believe they are hidden because they think you see the same things. Games like this are essential in helping them process different perspectives. When time is up, and you’ve found your little one, talk them through, and help them realize why they were found. Not only is this fun for them, but it’ll also help them gain a greater point of view in the real world. 
 

Becoming familiar with technology 

Technology has become a common resource used in our everyday lives. For many families and children, we see it often and use it quite naturally. Having your child recognize the role of technology at home or in a social setting is essential as it will help children identify with different types of technology and what it’s used for. For example, exposing your children to screen time on the tv or introducing learning games on your computer (within reasonable amounts of time) will get them better acquainted with the functionalities of it all– therefore better preparing them as they get older and technology becomes a primary learning tool.  

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