When children are young they are eager to learn about the world around them. As a parent, it is important to introduce them to a variety of subjects. This will expand their minds as well as help them understand this great big world that they are an important part of.
Children should be exposed to the written word as soon as they arrive. Babies enjoy the sing song sound of a parent’s voice as they read nursery rhymes. Preschoolers will love having children’s stories read to them as much as they enjoy TV. It is also a great way to begin teaching colors, letters, and numbers. As they grow, children can start sounding out words in easy to read picture books.
Even babies find the calm melodies of a song to be relaxing. Many infant toys play music for this reason. As a child grows, they will enjoy creating music for themselves. Toy drums and pianos are perfect for this stage. When they get a little older they will be ready for music theory instructions from teachers and books such as those by C.R. Carole.
You will first introduce your child to animals through pictures. Chances are you will help them to imitate the noises that each creature makes. Zoos and petting farms are excellent places for children to experience the real thing. They will use all of their senses to discover as much as they can about everything from kittens to mountain lions. Family pets can be quite educational at any age as well. This could be something small like a goldfish or a more interactive pet like a dog.
Kids love art, and it is never too early to introduce them to their creative side. Preschoolers are the perfect age for finger painting, crayons, and basic cutting and gluing skills. As the child ages, you can introduce more grown up art supplies. If a child is continually encouraged to be creative, they will have a way to channel their energy that will last a lifetime.
Use these suggestions as a starting point of your child’s education. Don’t be afraid to expand on any one of these ideas or come up with your own creative ways of introducing the world to your children. Make every day a learning experience.
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