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Quick Ideas For Preschooler Homeschooling’s Activites

Hanz’s Note : This is schedulled post.
Am away for 2 days in a row for outstation.
Will miss chit-chat & chat-hop to others.

You can do homeschooling for your preschooler & have some get-together activities without cracking your brains too much. Here’s some ideas for you.


(1) TOOLS

1. Lots of writing materials in different medium (pen, pencil, magic ink, chalk)

2. Painting in different medium (finger-paint, nature-paint, stencils from vegetables, food colouring made from raw materials)

3. Art & Craft books (cut & paste, origami, many ore)

4. Toys with purpose (specific for lesson to be learn). You can even create toys.

5. Television with supervision by parents.

6. Child’s tennis or badminton racquet set, ball, balloons, etc.


(2) ACTIVITIES

1. Keeping a scrapbook especially for occassions, events, trips & celebrations & even special subjects.

2. Read-aloud

3. Give notebooks & journals for them to write in their thoughts & ideas.

4. Let them copy good writing – to improve handwriting, spelling, grammar, punctuation & enjoying the content & getting the message across.

5. Give them time to read, talk & play.Let them pick whatever books they like & we should read to them as well.

Hanz’s Share : Homeschooling does not mean that you need to spend lots of money. A dash of creativeness & improvised things available around you is a classroom and lesson for your child.Encourage your child to be an inventor too.

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Homeschooling, Just Preschooler, Parenting in General | 2 Comments

Teach your child how to expand use of sign language

There’s never too early or too late to learn signing yourself and then teach it to your child.

As a parent, you can begin using simple signs with your babies and toddlers just as they would spoken words. Identifying favourite foods or objects with a single sign is a good way to start. Holding up a stuffed toy like lion and making the sign for ‘lion’, or pointing to Papa while signing ‘father’.

Using signs labelling emotions & feelings is a logical next step. Signing ‘baby sad’ or ‘I’m happy’ can affirm your young child’s perception of what is happening in & around them. It won’t be long before your child is offering up signs of their own to communicate how he is feeling in the moment.

Learning signing is a good way to help your child become multilingual.

Children of preschool age group are actively expanding their receptive skill. They will be able to understand signed communication quite naturally with practice. Finding songs to sing, sign & dance to will help remember signs & provide a great deal of fun.

An older child can serve as a model for a younger brother or sister by identifying familiar objects with sign. Learning to fingerspell, or spell out words using the signed alphabet, can assist your child in learning the alphabet & later in learning to spell. Signing the alphabet while signing letters uses both sides of the brain & maximizes learning. Practicing spelling words by finger-spelling is a fun way to learn spelling.

Older children can also enjoy sign language. Having a secret ‘second’ language to share with others can build friendships. Learning & teaching others how to sign at this age coincides with a child’s developing sense of self as an individual with special skills & talents.

Sign language can also be a fun way to enrich the relationship between you & your child. Incorporating a few key phrases into your everyday family such as ‘Don’t forget to brush’ or ‘I love you’.

This is also a time when your child become more empathetic & increasingly aware of the needs of others. Finding a deaf friend or visiting a club for the deaf can expand your child’s view of the world & can build compassion for others.

In other words, sign language can be an important interpersonal skill.

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Baby Sign, Just Baby, Just Preschooler, Just Toddler, Natural Parenting | 3 Comments

~Jom Main Air Bersama….Contest by Kakyong ~ : Double Water Fun

Q : What do you get when you put one hot mama and a cheeky toddler into one small kiddies pool?

A : The answer is DOUBLE AWESOME FUN!!

The Hot Mama : Hanz
The Cheeky Toddler : Hambali (aged 1+)

Read : The Mama was trying to persuade the curious yet scared toddler to enjoy the water. Luckily, Mama had this ideaa bubble pump to the rescue!

To those Mama or Papa out there who might having some issue on getting your kids to love water, here’s some idea that might be a solution. All these ideas applies to either toddler or preschooler or both:-

  • Make bath-time fun by getting some bath toys for your kids to play with
  • Bubbles – lots of them. Give your kid to try different medium to make bubbles such as sponges of different sizes, varieties plastic pots to fill with and even wooden spoon so that your kid can reduce the bubble foam to water again by stirring.
  • Empty shampoo and washing up bottles with lids so your kid can work out how to get the water in the bottles by squeezing it and letting go, then have fun squirting the water out.
  • Explore floating and sinking – Have many items even natural materials such as sticks, barks, leaves and pebbles and ask your kid to predict which will sink and which will float.
  • Washing stuff – Any toy that needs a wash can go into the water for a scrub. Your toddler even your preschooler will enjoy doing this important work. He can use a washing up sponge or soft brush.

Be alert however parents that water, how cheapest source of activity and easily available can impose danger to your kids. Safety precaution must be taken note as listed below:

  • Younger children shouldn’t be left unsupervised around water even if they know how to swim.For toddler, he could drown in a few inches of water in a few minutes!
  • Put old towels on the floor under your kid’s water-play area. This will prevent him slipping and also aid cleaning up.
  • Do not let your child play around any water (lake, pool, ocean, etc.) without adult supervision (even if he is a good swimmer).
  • Don’t allow running or rough play around the water.
  • To those who has swimming pool, childproof your swimming pool with a fence around your backyard and a fence (at least 4 feet high) around the pool, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Also consider having a phone poolside and learning CPR in case of emergencies.

Hanz’s Note : The chat above is for sharing & our submission for the contest organized by Kakyong. For details, just click the banner below, also available on this Chatterbox’s left sidebar.

A peek on contest gift sponsors…..


August 24, 2009 Posted by | Child's Play, Hanz in Contest, Hanz's Boys, Just Preschooler, Just Toddler, Parenting in General | 4 Comments

Parenting Toddlers & Parenting Preschoolers Book Review


Getting a good bargain of long-searched items feels like getting a windfall. The moral value of the story, always believe in your sixth sense! You will thank your hunch for that! It did mine last night. 😛

These two books was such a ‘steal’. Correct me if I’m wrong but most of the time, you found parenting books usually thick and dull. Always put you off despite you desperately needs some guide in your parenting job.

Just about 100 pages for each books, written by our truly Malaysian, nevertheless she is someone very well-known in Early Childhood Education and parenting matters, our dear Ms Ruth Liew. She sounds familiar? Of course! She has her own column in Star newspaper.Does ‘Childwise’ that appears every Wednesday on that national daily rings a bell? She’s a regular columnist on that for over ten years and these books was published in year 2003. Long ago but the content is not outdated, you know.

I have been looking for this book for ages and in fact I highlighted my frustration to her via FB (add her in my FB community), she did promised to let me know where I can get a hold of her ‘baby’ but guess she’s just forgotten about it.Can’t blame her, she is very busy with many things. I met her before as I attended one of her workshop which was Montessori Beginning Maths Workshop years back.She got ‘spunk’ style, I tell you. Full of confidence.Splendid workshop indeed. Strongly recommended if you want your kids to be whiz in maths, you may consider Montessori approach. Very systematic and step-by-step, important for concept grasp excellency.

Back to her books. I managed to read one chapter of each book few hours ago and boy I’m glad. I simply love how Ruth made those question knots unfolds. Ruth is a US-trained child developmentalist.Besides being a Montessori course trainer, she is also Early Childhood Care and Education Consultant.She is also one of regular contributor writers in Parenthink magazine.

Briefly inside Parenting Toddlers, some of topics being exposed are Bedtime routine, feeding, toilet training,tantrum (the terrible two’s), siblings issues, separation anxiety, discipline, suitable activities, guidelines on nurseries & playgroups and time-out for parents and there’s more.

Then, about Parenting Preschoolers, some points to ponder are preschooler common behaviour, discipline, tuning in to the preschooler, moral guidance, how to choose the right preschool, building self-esteem, home-made games ideas, learning math at homes, healthy and fun cooking, homework, difficult behaviour, personal safety and..gosh lots more!!

All these years, I love to collect Ruth’s Parenting articles which I think might benefit me some day and yes, it has proven its reward as from time to time revisiting those articles provided me some assistance.

Who said parenting job is easy?You will never stop learning. You grow together with your child, aren’t you?

Hanz’s Note : Those who live / work nearby Kota Damansara, go to the Giant Store fast if you keen to get the hold of this book. I strongly recommend it. Plenty still available in the bookstore beside the post-office. Plus, the bookstore is on sale and these book is 12% discounted!

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Hanz in Reading, Just Preschooler, Just Toddler, Parenting in General | 3 Comments

HS504 : Optics exposure & learning lenses purpose

I am getting more Science learning of late, carefully planned for Hanafi eversince his previous Kindergarten failed to expose Science in their syllabus (one of the reason we stopped his schooling).

Hanafi (even baby Hambali) always fascinated with his (their) parents wearing glasses. I told Hanafi that both his Mama & Papa is far-sighted (rabun) & it is very crucial for us to wear a SPECTACLE so that we can see better. As for his Mama, daytime wearing CONTACT LENSES of course which already being explained to him the functionality still the same like Spectacles. This point onwards, I told him that it is important for him to takecare his eyes well so habit like watching television very near and reading in the dark is a complete No-No.

Later, I found a great idea from Mommy2H on using MAGNIFYING GLASS, so I printed out those magnifying pictures from the former site & gotten a cheap magnifying glass.

Here’s what Hanafi been doing exactly following what featured in the Mommy2H site. There were 2 sets of pictures, one is the normal pic & the other is microscopic size, so what a child must do is to use the magnifying glass to peer at the tiny pic & find the same pic by the normal size. Match it!


We moved on to BINOCULARS function and from our recent outing, Hanafi managed to grasp the idea of using a binoculars.


Next is KALEIDOSCOPE. I think this is the apparatus Hanafi enjoyed most in the Optics group. We got the Kaleidoscope from one shop selling Early Childood & Educational items in The Summit.


Lenses are everywhere & have a pupose. Ask your child if he can figure out what lens is use to…

Question:-
1. Show a big picture on a screen?
2. See things that are far away?
3. See very small things?
4. See in the dark?
5. Capture images of things to see later
6. Correct poor vision?

Answer Options:
a) Telescope
b) Night vision goggles
c) Camera
d) Projector
e) Glasses
f) Microscope

As always, find every opportunity to expose Science learning for your lil one.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Just Preschooler | 11 Comments

HS503 : Creative magnets playing

Creative magnet play includes seeing how many objects one can pick up at a time, pushing one magnet around by the repelling force of another & testing objects around for attraction to magnets.Playing with magnets is a useful science activity in early childhood because it fosters conversation, exploration of materials & learning to make predictions.

The objective of introducing magnet to a child is to make an observation of how magnet work and the usage of magnet. Give example how common appliances in our household like the refrigerator door and in your surrounding like the drink vending machine applies the concept of magnet.Some of the activity you can do for your child to learn about magnet as the list below:

1. Introduce the nature of magnet which is magnetic force that can hold together two piece of magnet despite there is a barrier between the two magnet.

Extend the understanding of magnetic force is strong and show this to your child that when he moves around one of the magnet, the other magnet followsuit because of the magnetic force.

2. Explain the concept of magnetic poles by handling two magnets to your child and ask him to make the two magnets to stay together & to describe what he feels when he push the magnets together or pull them apart.


3. Have a test what object attracts to magnet to help your child understand that the property of magnet is in the material, not a size, shape or colour. It is very common to say that ‘magnets attract all metal objects’ until your child test it. (As for Hanafi, he was surprised that the magnet did not attracted to 50cent coin & handphone)


Record the findings. An example like below:-


4. Finally, let your child ‘test’ how strong the magnet by playing ‘magnet fish’. Challenge your child how many ‘fish’ he would be able to catch within one minute or so.


Have fun fooling around with magnet with your child. As for my child, Hanafi, he loves it & thought magnet is magic! LOL…

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Child's Play, Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Just Preschooler | 4 Comments

50 Science Fun Ideas for Toddler & Preschooler

Simple science ideas for use with
preschool children or toddlers.

1. Make bubbles: Mix one gallon of water with one cup liquid detergent & 50 drops of glycerine.

2. Jet balloons. Fill a balloon with air & let it go. What makes the balloon go?

3. Nature Walk: Take a plastic bag with you on your next nature walk. Encourage your child to collect leaves & small sticks & put them in bag. Ask your child about each item he choose to put in the bag.

4. Evaporation : Set out three cups, half filled with water. Add food colouring to the water. Have your child use an eye dropped to drop the colored water onto a piece of paper towel. Notice how the water evaporates, leaving the colour behind.

5. Play with magnets. Supply your children with magnets & various items. Have your child guess which things will stick to the magnet.

6. When it is raining, watch the rain. Talk about the sounds that you hear during a rain storm. What are the signs that a storm is coming. Talk about storm safety.

7. Painting with water:You just need a paint brush, water in a bucket & a nice warm day. Let your child ‘paint’ with water & watch how the water evaporates in the warm sun. Paint rocks, trees, the sidewalk, anything!

8. Will it dissolve? Fill five clear jars with water. Take 5 different substances like sugar, cereal, salt, paper, things that will dissolve & some that won’t. Ask your child which will dissolve & which will not. Test each item in the water.

9. Plant a seed. Watch it grow.

10. Balance play. Part of science is weighing items. Provide your child with a scale or balance for them to experiment with, & plenty of various items. This can usually be tied in with your theme. For example, if Hari Raya is the theme, let them weigh ketupat vs lemang.

11. Measure it. Another part of science is measuring. Provide your child with plenty of opportunities to measure things. Provide measuring cups in your sand & water table, & containers of various sizes.

12. Rubber band music. Place a rubber band on your index finger & thumb & pluck it to make a twang sound. Supply your child with rubber bands so he can try it. Can the sound change? How can you change it? How does it change?

13. What scent is this? Gather 4 or different scents. Blindfold the child, then place the object close the child’s nose & ask the child to smell it & try to identify what it is.

14. Paint on wet paper. Explain diffusion, spreading the paint on the paper, through the water.

15. Salt Art: Saturate hot water with salt. Let the water cool & have the child use the salt water to paint on black paper. Then after it dries, have the child look at the crystals of salt on the paper.

16. Sensory fun:Supply your child with many different items to feel, smell & touch. Like tree branches, leaves, dirt, rice, you can find many items for any theme.

17. Play with kaliedoscope.

18. Cut an apple in half & watch it rust.

19. Watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. Provide loads of pictures either from books, videos or even exhibition.

20. Compare animal parts with human parts of the body in example paws with hands & feet, arms to feet.

21. Chick Sequence Cards: Make simple sequence cards for your child. Draw the different stages of a chick hatching from an egg. Draw an egg in its’ nest, an egg cracking, a chick partly out of the egg & chick that is completely hatched. Do the same for tadpole.

22. Float or sink? Have several different items on a tray & a dish pan of water. Ask your child if he think an item that will sink or float. Try it!

23. Leg count: Show pictures of crab, octopus, starfish & frog. How many legs do each of the animals have?

24. Watching fish: Go to an aquarium, point out the parts of a fish, (body, fins, eyes, gills, tail etc…) Ask your child which is the biggest, smallest? How do the fish swim?

25. Make a telephone. Poke a hole in the bottom of 2 styrofoam cups. Place a piece of string in the bottom of one cup & tie a knot at the end of the string to prevent the string from coming completely out of the bottom of the cup & tie another knot. The } is a cup on it’s side & the represents the string. It should look like this: }—{ Have one child talk in one cup while another listens with the other cup. How long can the string be before the phone won’t work?

26. Sun Prints: Spully the child with a dark piece of paper. In the morning, on a very sunny day, with little or no wind, have your child find items to place on his paper. Have your child arrange sticks, grass, leaves & such on the paper. At the end of the day, see how the sun made a picture of them.

27. Build with dry sand, then build with wet sand.

28. Use magnifying glass. Have fun peering on so many things with it!

29. Measuring rainfall: On a rainy day, set out a container to measure the rainfall. Measure how much rain fell that day. Continue to measure the rain each day & record for a few weeks. Ask your child to predict how much water will be collected. Ask at the beginning of the day & ask when it is raining. Did his answer change?

30. Will it absorb water? Supply your chld with pieces of material to test pieces like cotton, plastic, wool, tin foil, etc. Supply your child with eye droppers & a cup of water. Which materials absorb water & which do not?

31. Condensation: Obtain 2 jars & their lids. Fill one jar with ice cold water & the other with room temperature water. Observe the results. Condensation occurs when the vapors in the air become cool enough to condense & form water droplets.

32. Evaporation:Obtain 2 clear plastic glasses of the same size. Measure one cup of water & place in each cup. Mark the water level of each cup with a permanent marker. Place one in a sunny window & the other somewhere else in the room. Observe the glasses of water over the next couple of days. Ask your child where the water is going. Which is evaporating more quickly? Evaporation occurs when the particles of water become warm enough that they run into vapors & leave the cup & escape into the air. Why did the water in the sun evaporate faster?

33. Glass & water music: Fill a couple of identical glass cups, at least 4, with varying amounts of water. Tap the side of each glass with a metal spoon. Which is the highest sound & the lowest? How could we change the sound?

34. Predict the weather. Have your child go outside in the morning, ask them what they think the weather will be like? Will it rain, snow, be sunny? What will the temperature be like? Record your child answer & compare them to the weather.

35. Make a tape of sounds around your surrounding…water dripping, the door opening, the phone ringing, lawn mower & so on.Play the tape back & see if your child can guess what the sounds are.

36. Visit a Nature Center or Zoo.

37. Make your own musical instruments, clap your hands, tap your belly! Use a can for a drum. Make maracas with 2 plates & beans.

38. Cause & effect. Try different cause & effect experiments…light switch, if you jump up, the earth pulls you down etc.

39. Play with dominoes.

40. Discuss the parts of a flower.

41. Use a thermometer to read the temperature.

42. What does a plant need to grow? You can ask your child, do a few experiemnts to see what plant needs to grow…sunlight, water, air…

43. Talk about what we eat. What do bears eat? What do lions eat?

44. RECYCLE

45. Texture: Supply your child with different textured items to feel. Is the item rough, smooth, bumpy?

46. Flexibility: Supply your child with different items that range in flexibility. Rubber band, pencil, string, a stick. Which is the most flexible? the least?

47. Play with a flashlight in the dark.

48. Play with shadows, make shadow animals.

49. Collect & sort rocks.

50. Really any cooking is science! So try your favourite recipe. 😛

Hanz’s Note : Science is about living things & things living. It surrounds you. There is no need for you to spend your money buying cool gadget to teach science to your child. What is important is your objective when doing the science project, how you implement it and make it interesting as possible. Basic understanding about nature & how things work is a great start to nurture the love of science for young children.

Hope my list as above could provide parent(s) out there some ideas…if you have anymore ideas & have done any in this list, please share with me. I will share it with you from time to time as it is ongoing basis for my HS.

Have fun exploring science with your kiddo! 😀

July 21, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Hanz's Notes, Homeschooling, Just Preschooler, Just Toddler, Parenting in General | 11 Comments

When Children Draw by Sandra Crosser, Ph.D.

Notes : To those moms (even dads) who take seriously on what your child has been drawing, thumbs up! To those yet to do this, never too late to take your child’s drawing seriously. Start expose them to the world full of colours by giving them non-toxic child-size crayon. Keep a record by writing on the date & what age for every single of your child’s masterpieces even just a scribbling. Store it neatly & arrange it accordingly. Within time, you can always go back and observe how much your child has been progressing. Nevertheless, read on this summarised article to grasp what I have been emphasising about as well some understanding on milestones specifically from drawing itself.

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Examining children’s drawing may give us important insights into how drawing fits into the overall physical, emotional & cognitive development of the young child. From toddlerhood through primary school, children choose to draw. What role does drawing play in the young child’ development?

Toddler

Around 18 months, toddlers become interested in scribbling. It seems to provide sensory enjoyment, but the child is also interested in the marks that are made of. Small muscle coordination and control improve with practice, cognitive abilities are exercised, opportunities for social interaction arise, and the physical movements provide emotional release.

Toddler’s small muscle control is not fully developed, & may approach the drawing task by grasping the crayon with his or her fist, creating a bit of difficulty placing the crayon exactly where the toddler wants it. Movements are typically large, involving the entire are with little finger or wrist control. This is because the pattern of physical development proceed from the center of the trunk outward. With practice, the toddler will naturally improve the control of wrist and finger movements, A rhythmic, repetitive, scrubbing motion is common among two-year olds, providing sensory enjoyment & making drawing a very physical act.

Intellectually, toddlers are concerned with both the process & results of their art. They do not intend to represent objects at first. Instead, they are concerned with colour & line. However, they may look at the marks & scribbles they have made &, in surprise, recognize a shape & name it. Toddler interpret, rather than intend. According to Piaget & Inhelder (1963), a child is mentally able to use symbols to represent reality by 18 months. Dots, for example, may be rain falling.

The opportunity to make decisions contributes to the emerging sense of autonomy which is important for a two-year-olds emotional development. Not only do children make decisions about line, colour & placement, they also exercise their sense of autonomy by using & gaining control over drawing tools to engage in an activity valued by the culture. A toddler who saves the scribble done is demonstrating his or her use of drawing for social interaction as well as emotional support.

Preschooler

Between the ages of two & three the child begins to form what Kellogg(1970) has termed shapes. The scribble forms a cross, an X, an enclosurers resembling primitive circles, squares, triangles & oblongs. An important point is reached when the child converts the linear scribble into an enclosed shape. The enclosed shape seems to be the focus of the child’s first attempt to make a realistic drawing.

Three & four year-olds develop other generic symbols for the repeated drawings of common objects like sun, cat & house. According to Piaget & Inhelder (1963), preschoolers draw what they know about the world, rather than attempting to capture a photographic mirror of reality. While approaching realism drawings remain fanciful throughout the preschool years with imagination leading colour, composition & content. It is a place where we can see the front, profile, and bird’s-eye view at all the same time. It is a place where trees & people can be the same size, where grass looks lovely in purple & rainbows form without a drop of rain.

Culture & Children’s Drawing

Culture plays a large role in whether or not drawing will enter into a child’s repertoire of behaviour. For example, Taiwanese & Chines American parents tend to plan more drawing time for their children than do European American parents. As a result of more time spent drawing, Taiwanese & Chinese American children’s drawings have been deemed more advanced than those of their counterparts (Berk,1994)

According to cultural studies by Alland(1983), when children are provided with drawing materials & encouragement they tend to compose works that reflect the particular culture. French children tend to spend time on drawing, filling the entire page with large, colourful designs & drawings by Japanese children tend to be more complex, harmonious & complete than drawings by North American children.

Promoting drawing

Parents can promote drawing as a way to improve physical, social, emotional & cognitive development. Some suggestions follow:

1. Provide children with non-toxic drawing materials & loads of paper starting toddlerhood.


2.Model drawing.Show children that you like to draw & make designs but do not model WHAT children should draw.


3. Encourage drawing efforts by talking about the beautiful colours, pointy lines & thin shapes the child has made.


4. Rather than asking the child,:What is it?”, invite the child to tell you about the drawing


5. Forego the temptation to provide coloring book. Instead provide a variety of shapes, colours, texture of papers & a variety of drawing tools for your child to create his or her own drawing.


6.Talk about concepts like thick, thin, wide, narrow, dark, light, edge, shape, contour, open curve, closed curve, straight, crooked & illustrator.


7. Display high-quality drawings at the child’s eye level.


8.Give children the freedom to choose the subjects & colours of their drawings.


9.Play beautiful music to accompany drawing. Talk about how the tempo of music changes the drawings.


10. Rather than drawing for the child, ask helpful questions & make suggestions. Encourage children’s efforts & voice confidence in their ability to solve the drawing problems,

Finally, the next time you see your child scribbling with marker or splattering paint onto drawing block, stop, admire & praise his or her work. Whi knows, your words of encouragement may inspire a future artist.

May 15, 2009 Posted by | Child's Play, Early Childhood Education, Just Preschooler, Just Toddler, Parenting in General, Worth-read Articles | 1 Comment

Love to read : Reading to Preschooler

This time round, specially dedicated to read to preschooler. Please take note that reading never stops, even if your child has already independently read, keep on read-aloud to your child. This is what James J.Trelease advises that you can even still read-aloud to your teenager. And, before there is an existence of tv, people read for amusement, news & entertainment, right? Internet is there, but you are still doing what it had been done right? Exactly!! READING my ‘Chat’. ;P

Here is an excerpt or summarisation from one of the topic inside the book by Rachel Goodchild, “The Joy of Reading”.

By now, your child will have enjoyed listening to your reading books to them. They will also experienced many things for the first time & heard thousands of words spoken around them to them. This is the first pre-reading skill your child must have.

What to do?

1) Let your child be surrounded by new experiences. Take them to museums, plays, farm & such. This is a thirst of knowledge that will be fed by books.

2) They will begin to want to read themselves. Tell your child that he or she is a good reader. Confidence is essential for your child to succeed in reading with enjoyment.

3) Show them the letters in their name within the stories you read. At this age some children will begin to identify common words or notice words that start or end the same.

4) Play games like ‘Find the Punctuation Mark’ or ‘Find the same word’. Show your child an example & then ask them to find all the rest of them on the page onwards.

5) Read plenty of rhyming books (macam buku pantun)

6) If a child starts to read you a story, let them do it, incorrect or not. Praise their independence.

7) Familiarity. Practice patience when reading a book for the hundredth time.

8) Books with detailed pictures. These are great way to pull children into concentrating on books. Pictures holds a thousand words.

9) Reasoning. They are able to ask to understand that actions have reactions. This is a good time to begin to extend your child’s comprehension. For example, ask your child how they would feel if they were part of the story. Ask also what action would they take in that circumstances. Question & Answer session can trigger their heart & mind & this leads to both IQ & EQ intelligence. If they don’t know how to answer, give them a range of options rather than just one.

Happy Reading to your Preschooler!

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Early Childhood Education, Hanz in Reading, Just Preschooler, Parenting in General | 6 Comments