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Young children learn:
- through their senses – they learn best when the activity includes things they can touch, see, hear, taste and smell
- through physical activity – They are active and need to be able to move; to run, jump, climb. It also helps to alternate physically-active experiences with quieter, more sedentary activities.
- through play – Pretend play is the way that children ages 2-7 years begin to make sense of the world around them.
- through exposure to books and reading – Reading to your child every day is another way to encourage vocabulary acquisition and language development. Children who enjoy books and reading typically learn to read more easily. The more a child reads, the easier it is to become a good reader – one important element for school success.
- through talking and conversations – These early childhood years are years of rapid language acquisition. When you think of the difference in language abilities between a 2-year-old and a 7-year-old, you realize the language explosion that has taken place! Talk to your child(ren) about what you are doing together, whether it is laundry, grocery shopping, or completing a fun activity. When you provide a rich variety of vocabulary for your child, you are helping in the language acquisition process.
- through repetition – Reading the same story over and over or repeating the same activity several times may not seem exciting to you, but it is comforting for the child and gives him/her feelings of success when they know what to expect.
Mary Ann Dudko, PhD, Early Childhood Consultant