Today’s children are the next generation of creators, thinkers, and makers. The classical saying that children are the future is not to be underestimated. As parents, our duties are not to be taken lightly; the actions we take today impact not only our families but also the community and environment our children and grandchildren will be living in.
It’s no secret that kids’ minds are incredible sponges that soak up information. While ensuring that your kids go to a good school is crucial to their future success, there are lots of other things that we can do as parents to give our little ones a head start in education.
Let’s look at these considerations in detail:
Get in Early with Formal Education
Education does not necessarily start at elementary school. Studies have shown that kids who go to a good early learning center are more prepared for their education and generally achieve better outcomes than children who don’t. They also become socialized earlier, which is particularly valuable for EQ if they’re an only child or otherwise limited in contact with other children. A good pre-school can do wonders for stimulating and developing young minds.
Use Your Library
Libraries are often overlooked as a useful public service, but when it comes to setting up your family with resources and knowledge, they’re valuable to members big and small. Whether your children are into picture books, audio books or reading, what better way to show them the diversity of content that’s available to them than with a trip to the library? Most libraries also have a child-friendly section that may include other stimulating activities for young ones, and by getting your child their library card, they can quickly start learning about accountability and borrowing services.
Read To Your Child
A simple and easy way to foster your child’s cognitive development is by reading to them. Whether you visit the library or not, you should always prioritize reading time. Studies have shown that reading to a child six to seven days a week can have the same impact on their cognitive skills as being twelve months older.
Help Your Child Learn Another Language
There have been numerous studies on the benefits of bilingualism. Without delving into the neurological advantages, knowledge of more than one language not only helps with communication and understanding but is favored in future areas of life such as travel and work. Even if you don’t live in an environment where you can communicate in your second language, you can practice yourself by speaking and sharing with your child.
This doesn’t need to be a chore or only for parents who are already multilingual – if you don’t know additional languages, simply singing or playing music in other languages will help your child with exposure.
Movement, Play, and Dance!
Even simple movement activities support young children’s development in all areas, including social-emotional skills like self-confidence and cooperation. Additionally, exercise and movement are beneficial for your physical wellbeing and brain, so don’t be afraid to bust out your silliest moves from time to time for the sake of the kids! If your child shows an interest in dance or games, you can explore public activity groups, dance groups or early learning centers that offer classes for children.
As parents, we all want what’s best for our children. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to foster their early development and growth before they start attending school. Keeping the above tips in mind will help to ensure a happy and bright future for your little ones.