You are your child’s first teacher
- Talk, Read, Sing, and Dance!-Take some time to talk to your child, read your child a book, or sing to your child. They will be absorbing sounds, words, and music!
- Gross Motor Skills-This involves larger movements of the arms, legs, and the body. This can be targeted through dance, stretches, walks, and play.
- Fine Motor Skills-Involves smaller movements of the wrist, hands, fingers, feet, and toes. Focusing on the fingers, this means working with the child to first, hold a pencil properly on their dominant hand; second, to manipulate the pencil on paper to draw lines, shapes, or for the more advanced learner, letters. With the wide array of technology available to us, it is easy to utilize an app that will teach the child to identify letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. However, being able to manipulate pencils, and the like, are equally important.
There are a myriad of activities that can be done at home to continue the education of your child. If you are unsure of where to start, ask a teacher at our facility if there are specific skills that can be practiced at home!
Resources for Early Childhood Development
- Early Learning from First Five California
- Early Learning from First Five Solano County
- California Department of Education
- Developmental Milestones from Center for Disease Control
- ABC’s of Child Development from KPBS
If you suspect that your child has a disability or developmental delay please check out the Overview of Early Intervention for more resources.