Summer can be a very tiring time for you with your toddler demanding attention and supervision all the time. If your toddler is going to start school soon, then there might some things you could do over this summer that would prepare them for it.
Here are a few fun tips that can be practiced over summer and help with the transition from play school to a formal school:
- Get Talking: Take your child with you when you do your daily shopping for groceries and other essentials. Teach them the names of the fruits and vegetables they get to see in the shop. It can be a fun exercise for the both of you and it helps in building their vocabulary.
- Read Aloud: This teaches them basics like how to hold the book, to read from left to right, it builds their interest and vocabulary. It is the best and easiest way to get your child ready for school.
- Being Independent: Summer is the perfect time to teach your little ones tasks that take time and effort. Teach them small tasks. Like how to unbutton a shirt. Once they master that you can teach them the art of buttoning the shirt. Teach them how to use the bathroom independently. Other activities include opening and eating from lunch boxes, fastening shoe laces etc.
- Play and Learn: Try to weave a story around their play activities. If they are playing with cars, you can teach them about garages, mechanics, the colours of the cars and the number of cars they are playing with. You can carry this forward with rhyming words and so on.
- Numbers and Alphabets: It might not be a bad idea to teach them to recognize alphabets and numbers. You can start from unconventional sources like- cereal boxes during breakfast, counting the turns while they skip or bounce the ball.
- Build on Knowledge: Studies show that children with the wealth of background knowledge are more likely to have better vocabulary and be better readers. So take those trips to the zoo, parks, beaches and museums.
- Play Dates: Arrange play dates with children of their age. They learn to wait their turns, cooperate and share with others.
- Bake, Paint or Sow: Get them interested in any activity that employs using their hands and concentration. Bake a cake together. Paint a picture on a tile in the bathroom. Encourage them to get their hands dirty with flower pots.
- Build Motor Skills: Just a simple activity of throwing a ball in the hoop can build their gross motor skills. Spend an hour just helping them play any sport of their choice every day.
- Make Sleep Schedules: Do not forget that your little one has to stick to a sleep schedule once school starts. And summer is the perfect time to get them into this routine.
Not just summer but even the days following can be fun and easy for you with these tips. Enjoy your time with them!