Having preschoolers at home can be exciting, fun, entertaining, and also challenging. Sometimes it helps to have a goal or a theme to help parents have purpose throughout the day.
Many days fly by filled with potty training, redirecting, feeding, cleaning, and more cleaning. All those goals of enriching your child, teaching your child, nurturing and guiding your child to their best potential fall by the wayside, bowled over by the day to day realities of raising a child.
So, to accept the challenges, put purpose to each day, and help encourage the creativity of both parent and child each letter of the alphabet will be given to a day and assigned books, food, learning ideas, and any other things that might spark ones interest and work towards parenting goals
1. Announce the Letter of the Day
– To encourage your child’s full involvement announce to them what is happening. Set out a huge letter A on the breakfast table and announce that today is the Letter A day. For Those seeking to teach your child his letters this has obvious extra benefits.
2. Come up with games designed to teach your child in a multitude of ways
-Hop on the Letter
-Letter Hide and Seek
The slide show to the left has pictures and descriptions of each game as well as a picture of the book.
3. Read a book or story including the Letter of the Day
– For today the story is Noah and the Ark
*The Ark is filled with animals
*Many animals begin with the letter A : Aardvarks, Apes, Ants
( You can teach your child about the animals and write out their names so your child can see the letter A in their name)
4. Feed your child with the letter A
– Apples or Apples Sauce
–Angry Ape Grapes
–An Amazing Sandwich
–Agua – the Spanish word for water
5. Speak using the letter A and encourage your child to be creative in doing the same.
– So how do your like your amazing apples and awesome Agua.
– An amazing amazon animal ambled by.
( This will also probably get you to say words that don’t come up in a normal conversation with your child. New words almost always spark new conversations!)
With this type of focus you are still accomplishing what needs to be done, but you are doing it in a purposeful way. Have fun engaging, teaching , and nurturing your child.
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