Why having a little fun is just what kids to make them school ready.
It’s been said that play is a child’s work, which simply means that it’s through play that children do their best learning. So, if you want your young child to be school ready, forget programs and flash cards. Instead let children do what comes naturally, play, says Nicholas Long, co-author of Parenting the Strong Willed Child. “In order for children to become more creative and to enjoy playing more, we really need to back off and not give children a lot of directions while they’re playing. Just follow what they’re doing and comment on what they’re building by saying ‘oh you’re putting the red block on the green block, and now you’re stacking all the blocks over there’, rather than saying to them ‘why don’t you build a tower over here?’ Let the child take the lead and they’ll learn from that. They’ll learn that some pieces don’t go together very well and they’ll try to figure it out, and that can really help with problem solving skills.”
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