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Preschool Teaching: You Can Teach Your Child At Home
You may think that only a licensed teacher is qualified to teach your child. However, did you know that your child’s first teacher is you? Yes, it’s true! Not only are parents their children’s primary caregivers, but they are also their first teachers, and with a little help, you can successfully teach your preschooler at home. Preschool teaching may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but if you are patient and take your time with your child, you can find the time that you spend together to be a rewarding experience for both of you. You don’t need a degree to teach your preschooler, just love, patience, guidance, and a few home based activities. Language, Mathematics, Social Development, and Science are just a few of the skills that you can encourage your children with when preschool teaching. Creating a quiet and fun filled atmosphere is key to developing an atmosphere conducive for learning.
Some of the activities that you should include when preschool teaching include reading, listening, writing, developing number awareness, patterns, sequencing, counting, self awareness, character training, and recognizing the world around them. Some simple ways you can encourage these skills are as follows: • Create a reading center in your home • Read together • Count objects together • Sing together and act out phrases of the songs • Encourage writing by making lists • Recite rhymes together • Teach children how to be responsible for their own belongings. • Provide children with musical instruments • Encourage children to tell stories with puppets • Teach children about the importance of eating healthy foods • Encourage frequent hand washing and discuss the importance of killing germs for health • Instruct children in the correct way to brush their teeth • Teach them how to blow their nose correctly • Discuss money and play store • Teach child how to dial 911 in case of an emergency • Give oral directions that are increasingly complex By taking the time to talk with your child, listening to your child, and encouraging your child to ask questions, you are strengthening their ability to understand and grasp the world around them. You should always make sure that you spend quality time with your child and encourage them to explore their surroundings.
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