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School breaks have been shown to be a time when children lose knowledge–whether they are short or long breaks. As parents, the last thing we want is for our kids to go back to school after a break forgetting anything they knew before the break. But who wants to spend their break sitting around doing cut and dry boring school work? Not your kids and probably not you, either!
Here are some fun and easy ways to keep educating over breaks for your preschooler. No reason to be a rocket scientist, much less a teacher, to keep those little brains active with these great ideas!
What’s in a name?
How many letters are in your child’s name? Where can your child find those letters in your house? Write out your child’s name for them and see where they can find the letters in their name throughout the house. Let it branch out if you leave the house! Your child will start pointing out letters from his or her name whenever you’re out and about.
Setting the table
Have your child help set the table (that helps encourage 1 to 1 correspondence with counting and sorting!). Your preschooler can also make name cards for each person. This will help with letter identification, writing skills, and learning to spell. They might even enjoy decorating the name cards with a personal touch.
Read and be read to!
Sure, your preschooler probably can’t read to you. However, your child can make up stories related to the pictures in a book. This is a very important pre-reading skill. So let your child “read” to you at least once a day! Also, you can and should read to your preschooler every day. Reading builds vocabulary and vocabulary is one of the biggest advantages your preschooler will ever have in life.
Write letters and artwork
Write letters to family members or friends. If your child isn’t writing yet, let them draw a picture and attempt to write the person’s name and sign their own name to the letter. Many breaks fall over holidays, when you see family and friends. Nothing makes a child happier than being able to present a guest with something they made such as a picture!
Have fun in the kitchen
Cook together! Cooking involves so many ways to learn-measuring, filling/emptying, reading recipes, working together and more! Read Cooking with Kids: French Bread Pizza and The Very Banana Caterpillar for two fun kitchen activities with kids. You might not realize it, but cooking together is an easy way to teach your child important Math skills! Also, they are learning that reading is important in ways other than just for fun!
You need a break–and your child needs important social development! Double win! Provide opportunities for your child to be around other children. Providing that time for uninterrupted play with others is key to developing social skills.