Sponges

Children are sponges. There is no limit to the information that they take in, before even being born the things you surround yourself with can help your baby. Singing, reading and talking to your baby has proven to be very helpful in language development. As parents it is important to watch what you day around children. It is equally as important to pay attention to how you say things. Pronouncing things the accurate way proves to be extremely helpful.

Talking “baby talk” may sound cute but it actually hinders a child’s speech. I have come across so many children that have a hard time pronouncing words because they are still taking “baby like”. More and more children are needing to take speech.

As adorable as it may sound for your little one to mis-pronounce a work correcting then is more helpful to the in the long run. make sure you are eye to eye with the child, have them watch your mouth and repeat you, be as clear as possible so they can see and hear the correct way to say it.

Language development in children starts at a very young age, The more you talk to them the better their language development will be.

Self Help- Teacher Tip Tuesday.

Self Help is a part of development that I continue to see falling at the waist side. With the rush of the world we live in parents don’t have the time to wait for children to dress themselves. This can be detrementil on so many levels. Self help skills really help children. It gives them pride, pride for achieving something. When a child wants to do something on their own, let them. It starts with them wanting to feed themselves. Children are often eager to feed themselves but because a lot of food is messy, parents tend to intervene. When a child feeds his/her self they are working on, fine motor skills, as mentioned here. It also helps with eye hand coordination.

Self help also includes when children go to the restroom. At the preschool age Teachers are not allowed to go in the restroom with children, but why would you want them to? children should have their privacy ( to an extent) when using the restroom. I have come across many children who can not pull their pants up or down and/or clean themselves properly. After having many conversations with parents they don’t realize that allow children to learn to use the bathroom and clean themselves ( with their supervision) can be helpful to them when they enter preschool.

Start small, make a plan and start with letting them pick out their clothing.  Teach them how to tell the difference from the front and the back. Then let them put on their underwear.  Once they master that you can move on to one item of clothing at a time. I say don’t do it all at once because it can be over whelming to some children.

” I did it”,  are some of the sweetest words to hear, children love when they concur something. instilling self confidence early on can be long lasting. Children love having the ability “to do”.  Allow them to do, it will pay off on so many levels at the end.

Teacher Tip Tuesday

Hey all, A few may know but many may not but, I have been a Teacher for over 13 years. For the Majority of those years I have taught preschool. Along with being a preschool Teacher I tutor young children. In doing both, I have noticed some things that I felt I needed to share. Now let me start by saying I am no expert, in fact some of my beliefs may differ greatly from other experts, with that being said I will start with my first tip, a tip you may hear over, and over and over.

Strong fine motor skills:

A lot of people either don’t know about this or do not work on this. This goes for parents as well as educators. First thing first.

What are fine motor skills?

Fine Motor skills  are small movements — such as picking up small objects and holding a spoon — that use the small muscles of the fingers, toes, wrists, lips, and tongue. When I talk about fine motor skills on a preschool level I am talking about the small muscles in fingers and the movement of the wrists. Many children have very poor fine motor skills because they are not given the opportunity to use their hands as often as necessary. Strong fine motor skills help with coloring, writing, pulling on and off clothing and shoes, tying laces, buttoning and un buttoning.

How to help strengthen fine motor skills?

A lot of parents don’t want to hear this but messy play is great for strengthening fine motor skill.  Play dough is great for building these skills, finger painting is also something that will help with this.  Simple activities such as punching holes into a piece or cardboard and allowing the child to string through those holes, squeezing eye droppers full of water or paint on to paper, using tweezers ( plastic, child friendly tweezers) to pick up items, and  even allowing them to put rubber bands around a can ( can food) are great for fine motor skills. There are of course many more but these are some of my top Fine motor activities.