Do you feel like your little one is having a hard time reading? Are you frustrated because you don’t know how to help your child with reading? Remember words are all around us. In every daily activity you do, words make up the task. We have come up with a few simple ways to turn those daily tasks into learning tools for your kiddo.
One of the first tasks we do each morning is drive. Driving your kiddo to preschool or a babysitter so that you can go to work is the perfect time to have a conversation with your child! So, why not use this chance to help expand their vocabulary. Talk through words like CAT or DOG and eventually, words like SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS (we get that this one will take some time to perfect). Have your child make the sound of each letter and spell it out entirely. Also, try pointing out different road signs and have them tell you the sound that each letter makes. These things will get their brains thinking early in the morning and help them become more aware of their surroundings.
Another task that takes place every day that you could include your little one in is cooking dinner. We get it! After a long day at the office, cooking dinner is sometimes a struggle. But if you can take that time to teach your child about the ingredients you are using in dinner, why not have them help make the process more fun for the both of you. Have them pick up the spices as you need them by reading the labels on the front. Or grab the cookbook and have them read out the ingredients you will use. Having them be “in charge” will show them that cooking is fun, and learning is fun, too.
After a long day, when your kiddo is covered in mud, bath time is essential. Use this time to not only get them squeaky clean but also engage their minds in learning their colors, letters, and numbers. Gather some water toys to get them pointing out the colors you call out. Take their shampoo bottle and have them find the letters you have said. Using their fingers (and toes), have them count out loud numbers between 1 and 20. They will want to have bath time all the time.
As adults, we take most of these times for granted. They become so routine that most of the time we don’t even pay attention to a street sign, a label during cooking, or the front of a shampoo bottle. But things as simple as these are the perfect way to engage your kiddo and get them on the path to becoming a strong reader.
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