Tips for Developing the Whole Child

These simple tips can help you work on many areas of development that will help your child become a well-rounded person. They also help extend your child's learning at home. You can find additional suggestions in the other themes.

Literacy and Language Development

Categorize stories and events as fantasy or realism with your child. Discuss what could or couldn't happen in real life. Distinguishing between fantasy and realism useful is not only when discussing stories, but also when talking about other things, such as movies and bad dreams.

Social/Emotional Development

Give positive reinforcement to your child, especially when he or she is working on a challenging or frustrating task. Encourage your child to be patient and to take the time necessary to work on the task at hand. Offer your help with the task.

Encourage your child to be independent. One way of developing independence is by getting ready to go to school in the morning. For example, have your child get dressed without your help. This will not only foster independence, but will also develop fine motor skills, such as zipping and buttoning, that your child needs to learn and practice.

Health and Safety

Encourage everyone in the household to have a balanced diet. Eat healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, have your child try new foods and add them to her or his diet.