Reading with your child is one, if not the most important thing you can do for them in their Early Childhood Years. Trust me, I know how hard it is to make time for it sometimes. At the end of the day you just want to sit down and be done for the day. Reading to your child is a great way to show your child how important reading is. It exposes them to new language. It teaches them about things that they might not know about without reading. A child who loves to read at an early age is more likely to succeed in school. Here are some tips for fostering a love of reading.
1. Make reading a special time, no distractions, just you and them.
2. Read for 20 minutes each day.
3. Ask questions about the book you are reading together.
4. When you need to, go out and get new books (library or bookstore.)
5. Never force your child to read if they really don’t want to. Give them sometime and come back to it.
“It’s just preschool right?” As a Director of an Early Childhood Center, I can’t tell you how much a hate it when people say that. Preschool is most children’s first exposure to school. This is the critical moment in time when a child either develops a love of learning or a hate for it. How do we make a child love school? We teach them through play! They think school is awesome because they get to play all day but in reality, they are learning so much!
What do they learn? They learn how to be independent, to explore, to inquire and to wonder. They learn how to come up with new ideas and test those ideas out. Yes, we teach them how to count and know the alphabet but much more than that we teach them how to love to learn.
Early Childhood sets a child up for the rest of their lives. Children who attend Preschool programs overall do much better when they enter school for Kindergarten. Simply put, they got a head start. This is why some places send hundreds of thousands of tax payer’s dollars to provide early childhood to the children in their community. In NYC, children starting at the age of three can attend school for free. Why? Because Mayor DeBlasio understands how important Preschool is.
What do I do if I can’t afford preschool and my state doesn’t provide it? Digital Preschool is an online preschool program. It is designed to be done at home by you the parent, giving the child as much of the same experiences as they would in a classroom. This is a new affordable option available September 2020.
Suzy has been working in Early Childhood/Elementary Education for the last 10 years. She has worked both as a Teacher and as a Preschool Administrator. She has taught Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade and Third Grade. Most recently, she has been working as an Administrator of an Early Childhood Center in NYC.