Author Archive

Are you looking for some fun indoor activities during the winter months?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The cold, winter months are here! This time of year is always a great time to enjoy indoor activities with your children. There are lots of fun activities to do on a cold, winter day. These activities can cover a wide variety of topics.  Arts and crafts are fun indoor projects. This includes fun activities such as painting pictures or ceramics together. Introducing an art activity such as painting may create a new hobby or interest for your child. Cooking or baking together is another great indoor activity. Making snacks and cooking together helps your child learn about the different food groups. This is a good chance to discuss the different food groups and healthy eating. Math also ties into baking and cooking. Simple math skills such as measuring, time, and counting can be incorporated as well. Cooking and baking also involve gross motor skills by mixing or pouring. Another great way to use gross motor skills is through music and movement. Some children love to have fun dancing to music or playing a game of freeze dance!  Creating a maze for younger children to crawl around is another gross motor idea during the winter months. Then, there is always fun in reading together. I always feel that you can never read too much. If your child is older, then they can have fun reading to you! Some of these activities along with others can be found at:

http://www.parents.com/baby/development/social/when-winter-weather-traps-you-indoors/#page=2

Why Is It Important to Read to Your Child?

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

 

Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where the Wild Things Are, The Cat in the Hat, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus are very popular books that children seem to love! They are lots of fun to read and have bright, creative pictures. Reading even 15 minutes each day to your child will benefit him or her in so many ways. Reading helps a child to begin to speak by hearing words being read to them. This will also help a child to expand his or her vocabulary as they are getting older and to read and speak fluently. Showing a child that books are fun and that it is important to read may help a child to value reading and also feel the importance of reading. Reading helps with a child’s imagination. Sometimes the story may run through someone’s mind like a movie. This may also happen to a child. Additionally, a child at a young age who observes someone reading to them will see and experience how to properly hold a book and turn the pages in a book. These are only a few examples of how reading at least 15 minutes a day to your child will help benefit them!

Please visit: www.readaloud.org

Ways to Be Organized for the New School Year?

Monday, August 26th, 2013

What are Some Ways to Be Organized for the New School Year?

School has either started or will be starting within the next week or two.  The beginning of a new school year is full of excitement and is the perfect chance to create a routine and be organized. It may be helpful to have different colored folders and dividers for each school subject, so that way information regarding a particular subject can all be found in one place. Keeping supplies organized is important as well. Organizing pencils, erasers, crayons, etc. will help with being prepared for assignments and completing class work and homework. Another way to stay organized is to arrange a specific area or desk at home. This organized area can help provide a positive atmosphere to complete homework. Setting up a schedule may be helpful. If you feel as though you are rushing in the morning, then organizing your school bag, getting lunch ready, and setting out your outfit the night before may be very helpful and make the morning less stressful!

Fun End of Summer Ideas

Monday, July 29th, 2013

It is the end of July, which means that there is about one more month until school starts.  There are many fun end of summer activities and games to do with your child.  It is a good time to have a backyard campout.  Set up tents outback and make s’mores!  Another idea is to go for a bike ride together and have a picnic at the park. Bake cookies and turn them into ice cream sandwiches, take a trip to the beach and collect seashells, and playing at the playground are all fun end of summer activities to do with your child before he or she goes back to school.

Ways to Incorporate Math throughout the Day

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

There are so many times throughout the day that math can be taught or reviewed.  Many of these math skills can be brought up while in the car. Talking about speed, which car is going faster or slower on the road. Discussing the digital time in the car as well as the track number playing on a CD helps with reviewing time and numbers. The different shapes of the street signs help with teaching and reviewing geometry. Another way to incorporate math could be in the kitchen. Time can be reviewed with how long something needs to cook for. Measurement is reviewed with measuring the ingredients and also discussing temperature.  Telephone numbers and addresses help children to practice their numbers and to learn their phone number and where they live. These are just a few examples of how math can be incorporated into your child’s day.

How Does Dramatic Play Help with Literacy?

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Dramatic play is usually a lot of fun for children. A lot of children enjoy pretending to be a waitress or a waiter, a teacher, a fire fighter, a Dr., etc. Dramatic play helps the children to interact with other children, use their imagination, and it also helps with reading and writing. Sometimes the children do not even realize they are practicing their reading and writing. For instance, when a child is pretending to be a waiter or a waitress, they are practicing to read the menu or write down what someone is ordering. When a child is pretending to be a teacher, they may practice reading to their class. When a child is pretending to write for a newspaper, they are writing stories that they are pretending will be published in the newspaper or into a book.  Another child may be in charge of editing their writing for the newspaper or book. These are fun, creative ways for children to continue practicing their reading and writing.

This information as well as more great information can be found at:

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/what-dramatic-play-and-how-does-it-support-literacy-development-preschool

Ways to Help the Environment Throughout the Year

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Earth Day was on Monday, April 22nd and it is a day to support protecting our environment. On this day, there are many events that take place worldwide. It is so important to remember that not only on Earth day, but throughout the whole year that there are great things for you and your child to do in order to help our planet Earth. The children can learn about and help with the three R’s-  reduce, reuse, and recycle. Another fun activity to do with your child is plant flowers, trees, and start a vegetable garden. If you would be traveling somewhere close, then walking, running, or riding a bike with your child will help the environment. Spending time picking up litter that is on the ground or in the ocean will help the environment as well as help protect the animals. It is so important to remember that even just the smallest action can help the environment as well as the animals living in the environment. The website below has fun games for kids from Earth Day.

http://pbskids.org/games/earthday.html

Did You Know the Benefits of Water Play for Children?

Monday, March 25th, 2013

A lot of children enjoy water play, especially outside during the warmer months of the year! There are so many great benefits from water play. Water play helps a child with gross motor skills. During water play, the children may be running through sprinklers or filling buckets up with water and pouring the water out. Water play also helps with academic learning as well. As far as science, the children are able to learn about floating and sinking and seeing that different objects can sink and float. In math, children are able to learn about measuring a certain amount of water into a bucket, more and less by filling one bucket with more water and one bucket with less water. Water play also encourages creativity. The children are able to pretend and use their imagination, while playing with the water. Water play is a lot of fun and has so many wonderful developmental benefits for your child! I found this information as well as more information and more benefits of water play can be found at the following website:

http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=374

How to Help Your Child Learn to Ride a Bike

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Spring is on its way and it is a good time to think about what age is a good age to learn to ride a bike, and how to help your child learn to ride a bike. I can remember back to my childhood and loving to ride my bike, which I still have a love for today! I can also remember the day that I learned to ride my bike without training wheels. My best friend rode her bike without training wheels to my house with her mom, and then I was determined to learn as well. My dad held onto the bike with me and guided me until I was able to balance and ride my bike all by myself! (more…)

Helping Your Child With Letter Recognition

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

How should I help my child with letter recognition and why is it important?

Letter recognition is great to work on with your child. The children work on letter recognition, sounding letters out, and writing their letters in the appropriate age classrooms here at LifeSpan. Working on letter recognition will help your child with spelling his/her name, saying his/her ABC’s, writing, and reading. There are so many different ways to work on this with your child. The story Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom is a wonderful and fun story to help children learn and recognize their letters. Teaching the children how to write the different letters is also very helpful. For example: the lower case letter d. One way to teach a child the lower case letter d would be to start with the letter c and then draw a line down to write the letter d. Magnetic letters are also very helpful for children to work with and eventually they will start creating words with the magnets. This time and practice will all help your child with learning to read and write!   http://www.thevirtualvine.com/ccbb.html