Sunday, January 27, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
- Model Behavior ~This is a biggy...read, write lists, show your children how you calculate how much you pay for bills, read labels while grocery shopping, etc.
- Provide Educational Opportunities ~Purchase quality toys and activities that provide rich learning experiences, Make sure paper and writing utensils are readily available.
- "Child-Friendly" Your Home ~Go through your home and make sure that learning materials are easily accessible and neatly displayed.
- Go Outside ~I can't express enough how important it is to take the kiddos out doors. WARNING:the questions that will come up can keep you researching for awhile.
- Encouragement ~Encouragement does not mean let them try and then take over. Instead guide them if they need help. Show them once or twice, but let them learn to do it for themselves.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
- Play music that is appropriate for the mood you are trying to set
- Encourage your child to get up or move her body parts while listening to music
- Make up songs to replace the words for added language skills building
- Purchase or make instruments to use along with the music
- Sing a special song together that includes your child's name
- Record your child's musical experience either by video or audio recorder
- Use finger plays, and encourage your child to follow the directions of the song and get a bonus practice on sequencing. (eg. Give a Dog a Bone, and Head and Shoulders)
Well, that's it for today, I am going to leave you with the words to one of my new favorite songs...
Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator
You Can't catch me!
Along came Mr. Alligator
As quiet as can be
And he snapped that monkey right out of that tree!
Count down till there aren't anymore monkeys left or you can say that the last monkey says "you missed me!"
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