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

Encourage your child to ask questions and to be curious. Also, avoid asking your child questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no, such as Did you see a cat? Instead, pose open-ended questions, such as What did you see? or What animal did you see?

Read nursery rhymes and sing rhyming songs. Point out the rhyming words. Encourage your child to repeat some of the rhymes or to think of other words that rhyme with the rhyming words.


Social Studies

Talk with your child about your immediate and extended family and its history. If possible, encourage frequent interactions between your child and family members of different ages. You can also use photographs or family memorabilia for discussion.

Have your child interact with and learn from members of your community. For example, as you walk around your neighborhood or town with your child, greet people who work in the community, such as postal employees and store owners.