When days fly by filled by potty training, endless cleaning, redirecting, and meal times, a parent can lose hope of every attaining their once lofty goals of thoroughly enriching their child to his fullest potential.
It sometimes helps to have some sort of structure for the day. Although, knowing children, this must be a loose form of structure. A general theme with a set of ideas that can be used throughout the day as it fits into the schedule.
Most of these ideas take form in activities that are already common to every day life with a preschooler. They are just tweaked a bit to add more learning opportunities without more work added to a parents already busy schedule.
1. Announce the Letter of the Day
– Set a large letter C on the breakfast table and announce the letter of the day. Children do well with they know where you are heading. It also gives them a sense of control and involvement when the parent clues the child in to the general theme of the day. Many children thrive on this type of structure and purpose to a day.
2. Play games designed to reinforce the letter of the day either by association or sound.
– Crawling Races
– Crafts including coloring and cutting
– Car games – this one teaches about gravity
– Cup games – this one teaches about gravity as well as size and amount concepts
– If you want to get out of the house for an adventure you could go look at the camels at the Saginaw Zoo which right now has free admission.
The slide show to the left has pictures and descriptions of the games and the book of the day.
3. Read a book or story including the letter of the day.
Today’s story is Pat-a-Cake Pat-a-Cake
( Have your child point out the letter C on the page and then applaud them when they find it)
4. Feed your child with the letter C
– Cod fish also known as fish sticks
5. Create sentences using the letter of the day and encourage your child to do the same.
– The crazy caterpillar crawled in circles.
( If nothing else these will make your child laugh and perhaps spark their own unique imagination.)
Enjoy be creative with your child. :)
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