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
Have your child describe people, objects, and events in as much detail as possible. You can pause when you get to an interesting illustration in a book and have your child tell about it.
Have your child dictate things for you to write. For example, encourage your child to tell you what you're going to do that day or what items you're going to buy during your trip to the grocery store. Also, encourage your child to draw, scribble, and write using a variety of writing and drawing tools.
Encourage your child to count out loud by ones to five or ten during different times of the day. For example, your child can count steps or trees during a walk outside, or count toys or blocks during play.
Health and Safety
Teach your child good hygiene. Have your child brush her or his teeth at least twice a day. Show how to brush correctly; use a circular motion on the top of the teeth and a top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top motion for the front and the back of the teeth.