Preparing Your Kids for the Classroom
The time your kids spend at school will account for a large proportion of their early years. They will learn much from school – both in the classroom and out – but they also stand to learn a lot at home. In order to help your kids get the most out of school, there are a number of things you can do to prepare them.
Before school age, your children probably aren’t ready to enter any poetry competitions or perform any strenuous mental arithmetic, but their brains are still very highly developed. How you stimulate their minds will influence their later development.
It’s rare that children learn to read before they reach school, but that’s not to say that reading with them is a waste of time. Familiarizing your kids with written language by showing them the text as you read to them aloud is a great way to prepare them for school.
Even from a very young age, it can be hugely beneficial to explain to your kids the meanings of words you are reading to them. Your children are likely to take a lot from the environment in which they’re brought up. If you are able to create an environment where language comes alive, this is sure to be taken on board.
Colour and Symbol Recognition
Even when very young, children can respond to different colours and symbols. Providing them with interactive toys like VTech baby gear is a great way to help them develop the problem-solving part of their brain.
Your children can learn the effects of their actions through the toys with which they play – this requires an advanced level of intelligence which should be nurtured carefully.
Encourage them to Socialise
Whether or not your children have siblings, it can be great for them to mix with other children from a young age. There is ample opportunity for youngsters to mix before school age and doing so can be a great way to prepare them for the social side of school when they arrive. Socialising is a large part of kids’ school experience and can have a big impact on their academic performance, so seriously consider how you can help them to prepare.