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The Whole Child, Issue #066 School Readiness
January 07, 2010
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January 2010, Issue #066
1. Hello from Shirley
In the southern hemisphere, the new school year will be starting soon. For some parents, their little ones will be starting preschool for the first time – an emotional experience for both moms and tots, for other mothers, a new year of homeschooling will begin and with it comes a feeling of responsibility to make sure their children don't 'miss' anything.
For both preschool teachers and homeschooling mothers of preschoolers, the end-goal is to prepare our children for more formal learning that begins when they are ready for Grade 1.
The activities given monthly in this newsletter as well as the info below is intended to help you accomplish this.
Children with good home backgrounds or good preschool experiences are more likely to be school ready than those who without.
Adults also provide examples and act as role models for children – such as in their use of language and in the control of their emotions.
A child needs an adult to guide her and give her opportunities to use her abilities and discover new concepts.
Congratulations on being a concerned adult who is interested in early childhood development – your children have an advantage already!
Other hot topics:
For those in the Northern Hemisphere:
For those in the SUNNY Southern Hemisphere:
“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied: Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way”
Minnie L. Haskins
I believe that it is important to establish regular family rituals and traditions, especially ones that will help to promote good family relationships. These will help you build a rich store of memories of your love for one another.
Whether you realize it or not, you are in a battle for your children's attentions and affection – there is tough competition out there, especially in the form of electronic gadgets and entertainment.
Regardless of your own background or present situation, you are called to nurture your child. Whether you come from a broken home or are a single parent yourself, your child needs you to take the lead.
Research shows that memories from our early life are forever recorded in the brain. Let's build make a conscious effort to build good memories and enjoy healthy relationships because of our investment in our relationships.
Simple things like a 'high five' or a hug at bedtime and other times will keep you in touch with one another, literally and figuratively.
Special birthday traditions that are unique to your family will be remembered when the gifts are long forgotten e.g. A special birthday table or flowers around the birthday girl's place setting.
Other ideas for creating rituals:
Sunday afternoon walks, picnics or other peaceful outings together
Use these to brainstorm for more traditions (and send me your ideas too!)
For Bible believers, the book Celebrations of Faith by Randy Wilson is a rich resource that will give you more ideas to build not just relationships but also your children's faith in their heavenly Father as they grow and mature.
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Repeat these activities often - with your own variations too!
1. Gross motor skills
Balance: Draw a line at least a metre long on the ground and ask your child to walk heel-to-toe along the line.
2. Fine motor skills
Cutting: Encourage your child to cut with safety scissors. Make sure a left-handed child does not have to use right-handed scissors. Here are some ideas:
3. Visual skills
Colour perception:Let your child build sticks from construction blocks using alternating colours. Encourage her to make her own patterns using the various colours.
4. Auditory skills
Auditory Closure: While tidying up or doing chores, whisper instructions to your child so that he must listen attentively.
5. Mathematical skills
Time: Talk about different times of the day such as this morning, this afternoon and tonight or this evening. Help your child to become familiar with the routines in your home at different times of the day and to be able to talk about them correctly.
6. Language and thinking skills
While looking at a picture book together, ask your child questions about the objects in the pictures. For example:
Read a Bible story to your child and then share how a lesson or an example can be learned from what was read. For example, in the story of the boy who gave his five loaves and two fishes, we can learn to be generous. Sometimes children struggle with sharing because they don't understand that they can bless others and be blessed themselves when they share.
Greetings until next month
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