Summer is here, and for many of us, that means more time at home with our littles. Whether you work or stay home, send your little to preschool or homeschool…summer usually means more quality family time!
And with a new school year just a few months away, many of us also like to use this extra family time to work on reading skills to help prepare our littles for school in the fall, especially if they are headed into kindergarten!
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
When parents think about working with their little ones at home, they sometimes assume they should use flashcards, drills, or worksheets.
After all, isn’t that how most of us were taught?
Luckily, there is SO much research in the field of early childhood development that suggests PLAY is the most important way for our kiddos to learn.
We can teach our kiddos everything they need to know to succeed in school (and beyond!) through play. Setting up hands-on, fun, and engaging activities are the way to prepare our kiddos for the fall.
Parents who work on reading skills in this way:
- prioritize reading aloud to their littles every day for at least 20 minutes
- help make books come alive with fun activities (check out our Story of the Month or Summertime Storytime Club for ideas!)
- intentionally set aside a little time each day to engage their learners in new activities to strengthen their skills
- keep learning fun and fresh by turning it into play!
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