Every parent wants the very best for their child, and many moms and dads put themselves under a lot of pressure to be the best parent that they can. A lot of this pressure is often focused around helping your child to learn. Parents of young children, in particular, may worry that their child could fall behind with their learning and be at a disadvantage when they start school. It is so easy to compare children of the same age and then worry if your child cannot do things that the other child can do already. However, it is essential to remember that each child is different, and each has their own areas that they excel in. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, you can always raise them with a doctor to gain their advice. 

Encouraging your child to learn should always be a positive experience, and one that you both enjoy. If learning is seen as an unpleasant way to spend their time, your child is likely to resist your attempts to engage them in learning opportunities. Parents and children can have a lot of fun when they spend time together learning, and it can be the perfect bonding experience. Here are some of the ways that you can make learning fun for your preschooler:

Make Everyday Interesting

For young children, learning opportunities are everywhere. Finding your child the best preschool to get their education off to a great start is vital, but you can also support their learning at home by increasing their understanding of the world around them. 

Try to treat everyday activities as a learning opportunity, and you will be surprised about how much information your child retains. Remember, that even things that seem very ordinary as an adult can be fascinating for a child. When you visit the supermarket head over to the fruit and vegetables and encourage your child to name the different items, you could also introduce them to tropical fruits that they may not have seen before, and explain to them where they come from. 

Nurture a Love of Books

Storybooks have the power to transport your child to a whole different world through the power of words, pictures and their imagination. Nurturing a love of books and reading is always a great way to start your child’s learning journey, and making storytime fun will help this even more. Try to make storytime a time when there are no other distractions, so that you can focus on being together and enjoying the story. Talk to your child about the pictures in the book, and ask them questions, as this will help them to develop their reading comprehension, and demonstrate that they understand the story.

Explore Outdoors

Getting outside in the fresh air to discover outdoor learning opportunities can be really fun. You could head off together on a nature walk, or go on a bug hunt in the garden and talk about what you can see along the way.

By Erica Buteau

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