Friday, February 24, 2012

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The importance of your childs education

Raising children is a full time job, and there is so much we have to prioritize to give our children a good start, and one of the biggest things parents will strive endlessly to provide for their children is good education. A good education makes all the difference in a child's life, and will assist in their personal success as they become adults. There are so many ways to encourage your children to learn, even at early ages! In fact, I've started using many early-development learning programs with my son, he's only 4 months old but I plan to keep him going strong! Research has confirmed that the first 5 years of a child's life are particularly important for the development of the child's brain, while the first 3 years happen to be the most critical in shaping the child's brain architecture, so learn with your children, encourage them to learn, keep it fun, and make it a routine! Did you know that children are believed to learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life? And they also learn and develop quite fast when often receiving affection, love, attention, & encouragement. Always remember mental stimulation, as well as proper health care, and healthy meals. Read more about the importance of education here.

It is so simple to encourage your little ones to learn on a day-to-day basis while doing regular things, starting as early as 3 months, buying flash cards, interactive dvds, stimulating music, and even reading them books will help boost their understanding of tons of stuff and encourage them to learn more everyday!

Then, there's preschool, and most preschools will accept your child as early as 2 1/2, but that doesn't necessarily mean your child will be ready by that age, there are tons of things to consider before sending your child to preschool, like their level of independence, physical stamina, and ask yourself if they can keep a schedule. The benefits of preschool or a pre-K are tremendous, usually preschool teachers aim to help in potty-training children over the age of 2 or 3, and help them learn to do more independent actions like pulling up their pants, washing their hands, and even getting creative with some crayons! If you don't know if your child is ready for preschool, talk to other moms you trust or even consult your child's pediatrician.

After the first few years of life and when preschool is over, it's time for kindergarten, which is an exceptionally important time in your child's early years of schooling. Most children start kindergarten by about 5, but some start by 6 and some might even start as late as 7, depending on developmental progress. Kindergarten will introduce your child to many of the basics, like the ABC's, reading, writing, math, science, and even art and musical classes are offered at most public schools, and kindergarten is also a great place for most children to learn more about group activities, and social politeness (like saying 'thank you', or sharing toys) - Outside from public schools or even private schools, there are still tons of ways for you to encourage your kids to learn at home, too. Consider buying books for science, language arts,  and anything else your young one enjoys learning about! You can also find tons of online kindergarten math games that will keep your child learning, and having fun at the same time. 

No matter what stage your child is in, explore all opportunities to learn, teach, and have fun with them!


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