I am loving the summer this year — and my kids are too. It’s a relaxing time, but also it’s the perfect time to make sure your preschooler is learning and growing in knowledge. Check out this guideline of things your preschooler should learn this summer!
23 Skills Your Preschooler Should Learn This Summer
- Follow simple instructions. This is super important as your preschooler will begin classes soon — which are overflowing with simple instructions. You can teach your preschooler to follow simple instructions by talking her through daily activities. Instruct her on how to make her bed, open a snack package or wipe the table.
- Identify colors. Yes, some preschoolers till haven’t learned their colors. If life got busy, and you forgot to teach your preschooler colors, use the lazy days of summer to get this foundation set.
- Name shapes. Basic shapes including squares, circles, diamonds, rectangles, hexagons, ovals and rhombuses should all be learned during your preschooler’s summer adventures.
- Recognize and count numbers 1-20. Count out spoons, cups, toys, socks, snacks and any items around your home that are easily countable.
- Identify letters. An easy way for kids to learn letters is the Leap Pad Letter Factory DVDs. Those are super-fun, engaging and very educational. You can also check out these number formation rhymes for an additional, fun resource!
- Recognize and write name. I still remember my kindergarten teacher holding up all the student’s name tags during circle time for us to come up and snatch it for activity time. It really paid off that I knew how to write, spell and read my name BEFORE kindergarten began. That way I could race to my favorite activities like the soapy water play station!
- Wash hands properly. You may not be with your preschooler during the next few months as they enter classes. Even if your child is home-schooled there are other situations where you child may attend an activity where you are not present. Who will be there to ensure she washes her hands properly? Use this relaxed summer time to teach and reinforce the importance of properly cleaning and washing hands to prevent sicknesses.
- Take turns. Life is full of taking turns — even for adults. Teach your preschooler this important life concept by making her take turns at the library, the park, home and at play groups. The faster your preschooler learns this lesson, the better — for everyone!
- Share. Ouch! This is a sore spot for some families, but sharing is super important. Look for opportunities to encourage your child to share.
- Sit and listen to stories. In case you see a group of six kiddos walking down the street with piles of books, that’s us! We load up on the books during the summer months! My younger kids will sit for hours handing me book after book. I normally have to finally say, “OK, reading time is over!” I love to see my kids thrilled with reading, plus it’s a quiet, inside activity they can enjoy during the sizzling months of summer. Listening to stories helps your child’s attention span grow. Your preschooler also learns the art of sitting quietly — which is needed in many real life scenarios.
- Catch, kick and throw balls. Start with the large, cheap plastic balls so your child doesn’t get scared or frustrated from hard, small balls.
- Clean up after play. Right after your child is finished playing, encourage her to put the toys away. Get involved and teach her how to put things back properly and quickly.
- Clean up after snacks and meals. A preschooler is fully capable of cleaning off their plate, racking food into the trash and placing the plate in a designated area.
- Sort objects. Elementary days are full of sorting. Teach your preschooler how to sort by doing simple sorting through out the day. You can do this by matching up shoes and socks, sorting the dry silverware or sorting lights and darks in the laundry baskets. Preschoolers love to help around the house — make household chores learning activities!
- Cut on lines. Print out some super-safe child scissors to avoid injuries.
- Copy color patterns. Grab a copy and color coloring book to help your preschooler learn how to duplicate another image.
- Glue objects. Glue sticks are best for preschoolers. They’re less messy and cheap!
- Brush teeth properly. Pick your child a super-cute toothbrush, yummy-flared toothpaste and teach her the proper way to brush her teeth. A fun way to teach your child to brush thurouhgly is to tell her to hum the happy birthday song three times as she brushes her teeth. That way she not only brushes them correctly, but also thoroughly!
- Make an emergency call. How many times have I heard about a preschooler that helped save someone’s life in emergency simply because they learned how to call 911 at an early age.Show your preschooler the phone and exactly which n umbers to press for immediate help. Practice emergency situations so your child is familiar with all the steps involved in contacting emergency. She needs to know parent’s name, child’s name and the home location.
- Use proper bathroom hygiene practices. Instruct your preschooler on the proper basics of bathroom hygiene. Flushing toilets after bathroom use and properly washing hands after each bathroom visit is often a lost practice among preschoolers. Change the tide with yours!
- Identify community helpers.Children are bombarded with “stranger danger” information — which is very good. However, kids should also know that there are community helpers available when they are scared, lost or need protection. Teach your preschooler who they are and how to identify a community helper such as policemen, firefighters and EMTs.
- Identify landmarks. In case of an emergency, your preschooler may need to tell someone where she are located. Teach your child to look for landmarks and how to describe them to emergency help. Encourage your preschooler to notice the colors, sizes and anything unique about surrounding landmarks.
- Proper library etiquette. Preschoolers should learn the basics of proper library etiquette before visiting. They should learn to be quiet, not run and who to ask for help.
implementing learning through daily activities makes learning seem like a fun adventure — instead of a dreaded chore! What is your preschooler learning this summer? Take these few, fun months to help them grow in knowledge and life skills! Hope your learning adventure is as fun as ours has been!
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