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Critical Thinking Activities for 3 Year Olds – #2

Activity: Crayola Caper AgeRange: 2 to 5 Purpose: This activity helps increase your child’s critical thinking skills, memory skills, and counting skills. An extra bonus is that you can do this activity any where, making it a great idea for waiting rooms, restaurants and other places you can expect to have to wait with your child. Supplies Needed: Scrap paper, construction paper, and a box of your child’s crayons Instructions: Everyone runs into a line at some point or the other, and when you have kids, it’s harder to manage that time. Drawing is a good way to increase your child motor skills and coordination skills, but even the art of color grows old after a while. Keep a bag of various sized crayons on your bag for this game, or if you are playing at home, simply bring a cup full of random crayons to the play area. Ask your toddler to put the crayons in order from the smallest size to the largest size. The order of color doesn’t matter, the point is to have your child understand which size comes first and which follows after that. Once they correctly completed that activity, as them to count the crayons and line them up from the largest to smallest. To an adult, it may seem and easy task to re-order the crayons, but children still have to build...

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Critical Thinking Activity for 3 Year Olds – #1

Activity: Toy Box Treasure Hunt AgeRange: 2 to 4 Purpose: This activity helps increase your child’s critical thinking skills, memory skills, and counting skills. Supplies Needed: A big basket, an assortment of your child’s favorite toys Instructions:  You can play this outside or inside, and with any number of toddlers. This is also a perfect game for days when the weather prevents outside play. With your child, go through their toy box and choose the toys they have most in abundance. For example, some little girls may have ten or fifteen dolls, or a little boy may have a dozen toy cars. Ask your toddler to count their toys and give you the final number. After counting, ask your toddler to sort the toys according to size. Once they are finished, ask them to remember the number of toys they counted as well as the size. Send them in the other room for a short count to 50. If your toddler hasn’t got the hang of counting to 50 yet, just ask them to recite their ABC’s a few times while they wait. Hide their toys on a room making sure they are all plainly visible. Call your toddler back into the room and have them find each of their toys and place them in their basket. Let them take as much time as they need so that their...

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Preschool Woes: Is Your Child Ready

So your little one is getting older and you’re trying to discover if he or she is ready to start preschool. Making the decision to put your child in preschool is a big decision that as a parent should not be taken lightly. While all children will eventually partake in some form of schooling, it is important for the child that you don’t rush or force the process if you don’t have to. Forcing your child to take on such a new environment after being home or with a close relative can be traumatic for the child and stressful for you. There are some guidelines that parents can follow to decide if their child truly is ready for preschool. Of course when enrolling your child in preschool there are rules and regulations. Often schools have an age requirement in which the children must meet. Typically that rule is that your child must be three years old by October of the year in which you are trying to enroll them. If they are younger than this it may be a good idea to keep them home an extra year. Most preschools have a requirement that your child is potty trained or very close to it at the start of the school year. This is important as many teachers do not change diapers at this age. They should also have a...

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Child Literacy for 2nd Graders for Advanced School Results

Building literacy in your children is one of the easiest ways to improve school performance. Studies show that children who have stronger reading skills are able to process lesson more efficiently and ultimately do better in class. Literacy should start from birth, but it’s never too late to work with your child to build their skills. Grade school age children are the perfect sponges for new information and methods of learning. Taking time to read to and with your child at this stage will help them build vocabulary, attention skills, and increase their creativity. Second Graders At this age, picture books should still be a part of the child’s library but the number of picture books should be reduced in favor of simple chapter books, large print illustrated novels and educational magazines for children. Children by now will have shown a particular interest in certain subjects or styles of writing, choosing educational content that aligns with their interest is a great way to encourage additional literacy in a fun way. It’s never too early to introduce biographies, teaching a child about important people in history is a good way to connect them to the larger world as well as motivate them to excel in their studies. Book of riddles are a great way to teach critical thinking without removing the entertainment part of the learning process, jokes are also...

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Child Literacy for Kindergarten and First Graders for Advanced School Results

In the previous article we spoke about the need to boost your child’s literacy from the day they are born. Starting good reading habits and making learning and adventure will help kids stay fired up about attending school and learning in a group setting. To build on the positive habits once your child is out of preschool, there are a few activities you can indulge in to help increase overall literacy and academic performance. Kindergarten At this age, children will start to have more structured instruction that moves away from picture based forms to more of the written type. Chances are your child will have mastered the memorization and identification the alphabet, but that doesn’t mean that you should abandon letters. Keep several books that have single pages dedicated to each letter on hand. Ask you child to point to letters and make their sounds, this increases sound formation in improves literacy building blocks. It may sound like a simple exercise, but each English letter has on average over five different sounds! Allowing your child to show off their skill build their self esteem which leads to more confidence in the classroom. When your child is confident in school, they are more likely to participate in education actives and increase their overall performance. Reading to your child isn’t only a good way to bond, but it’s a good way...

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