With the upcoming celebration of Valentine’s Day, I was sitting in my office pondering expressions of close families, family ties, and family love as portrayed in literature. Suddenly the titles of books and pictures of families, began to run through my mind: The Swiss Family Robinson, Little Women, Little Men, Heidi (when she makes it back to the arms of her Grandfather on the Alm), Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, and The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew . If I had waited
It seems to me that many parents faced with a bright preschooler, seeing that their child is bright, begin to push with academic information…namely reading lessons. Now the child isn’t asking for reading lessons- that’s just what you do when you have a bright child.
Beyond a strong sense of family identity and intimacy, every child needs a foundation in learning readiness before formal schooling can begin effectively.
Learning readiness encompasses four vital specific areas: emotional, relational, physical and spiritual. A child who physically lacks the small muscle motor skills to grasp a pencil and write will find schooling very frustrating. Poor relational skills make a day’s learning taxing and difficult, while the lack of a solid spiritual foundation undermines everything else we set out to accomplish.
You can help your child grow in emotional maturity by dialoguing about fears, joys, disappointments, jealousies, pride, selfishness and the like. An enjoyable, natural way to generate these important dialogues is
For the next few posts in our Before Five in a Row series we’re going to talk about some building blocks we want to be sure we put in place during these precious preschool years. First, what do we mean when we talk about a “preschooler?” Obviously, the words literally suggest a season in our child’s life beforehe begins schooling.
But these few, precious preschool years are so much more than just a season of waiting for school to begin.
This is a special season when we have the opportunity to prepare our child for the life long adventure of learning; when we can equip him with the tools he’ll need to tackle learning successfully. We can use these years before formal schooling begins to
The Before Five in a Row manual is not composed of a must do list. Rather, it is composed of many suggestions. The activity ideas are to encourage and guide you as you create enjoyable times for your child, and to inspire your own creative ideas. They are certainly not meant to be done all at once! During these early childhood years, you will enjoy incorporating many of these creative ideas into the time you spend with your child.
Most suggestions include