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Comparative thinking comes naturally to humans; nurturing this critical thinking skill in children can help them succeed in school. For preschoolers who are not yet adept at abstract thinking, comparing and contrasting provides a more concrete means of developing higher-order thinking skills. For example, preschoolers can examine a glass of water and a glass of sand, and note several differences. One fun lesson for preschoolers is to compare and contrast life in the city versus the farm.
To nurture critical thinking skills, a preschool teacher might show children pictures of a city landscape and a farm landscape. They might read books together about these places and be encouraged to draw their own depictions of cities and farms. As the preschoolers gain a basic understanding of cities and farms, the teacher can ask them to compare and contrast the landscapes. For example, the teacher might ask a preschooler what the ground looks like in cities versus farms. The child might note that farms have lots of grass and other plants, while cities have lots of streets. The child can further hone his or her critical thinking skills by noting that rural areas and cities are similar in that they both have roads, but cities have more of them. The teacher can also ask the child to compare and contrast the types of buildings, such as skyscrapers versus barns.
Preschoolers can brainstorm together to develop lists of the different forms of life found on a farm versus in a city. A child might observe that cities have lots of pigeons. To help children think of the types of animals on a farm, the teacher might lead the group in singing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”
Preschoolers can observe that people in cities and on farms both work, but that the types of work might be different. The teacher might ask the kids to draw pictures of farmers and city dwellers doing different types of work.
The preschool, kindergarten, and other programs available at Children’s Learning Adventure provide hands-on activities for children to learn within a meaningful context. We invite parents to learn more about our curriculum and our programs throughout Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma by calling (888) 674-1487. You can also visit our website to take a virtual tour of our spacious, well-equipped preschool and child care facilities.
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Infants tend to be much more engrossed in playing by themselves than reaching out and forming friendships. As your little one reaches child care and preschool ages, however, he or she will begin to respond to others, play in groups, and form attachments. In today’s digital era, in which many children have hundreds of “friends” on Facebook, it can be helpful to teach your children about the true meaning of friendship and loyalty at a young age.
Carrying Out Selfless Acts
True friendships are based on mutual respect, caring, and kindness. Talk with your children about what it means to be a true friend. Young children who may have trouble with abstract concepts can understand concrete examples. You might wish to read picture books with your preschooler about the value of friendship. Talk about how the characters in the stories made selfless decisions that helped their friends. For example, in My Friend Is Sad by Mo Willems, Piggie helps cheer up his friend Gerald the elephant by dressing in funny costumes to make him laugh. Ask your child to think about what he or she might do to help a friend feel better, such as loyally sticking up for the friend when another child is mean.
Being True to Oneself
Loyalty and friendship are manifested in many different forms. For example, your child might let his or her friend play with a certain toy, even if your child really enjoys playing with it. However, loyalty can sometimes go too far. As your child grows older, talk about the importance of remaining true to him- or herself. For example, if your child’s friend commits a dishonest or otherwise undesirable act, your child shouldn’t follow in his or her footsteps. Instead, your child could help his or her friend get back on the right track.
Children’s Learning Adventure provides a nurturing environment for children where they can learn about the value of building lasting friendships and making good life choices. Our curriculum is based on extensive research on best practices for child care and education. To learn more about our preschool, child care, and afterschool care programs in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma, parents are invited to call us at (888) 674-1487.
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Youngsters who are learning how to read need lots of practice to hone their skills and develop reading fluency. It’s helpful to instill a positive attitude in your child toward reading. One way to do this is by reading children’s poetry books together. Preschoolers often find poetry fun and exciting because the alliteration has an auditory appeal, and when the poems rhyme, the kids can guess at the next words.
Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of using poetry to help kids practice their reading skills. This teacher recommends choosing fun and imaginative poetry books with exceptional illustrations to maintain a child’s interest.
The effective language arts program at Children’s Learning Adventure helps youngsters develop valuable skills to improve reading fluency. Plan your visit to one of our preschool and child care centers today by calling (888) 674-1487. We have several locations throughout Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma!
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Teaching children good manners is an integral component of raising them to be respectful to others. Consistency is important; it may take many reminders for your child to remember to ask to be excused before leaving the dinner table, for example. When your child is old enough to understand, he or she may more readily use good manners if you discuss the reasons for them.
Look for learning opportunities in your preschooler’s everyday behavior. For example, if you notice your child dropping a friend’s toy to the ground, tell him or her that possessions should be treated with respect. Then ask your child to consider whether he or she would like it if someone else did that to your child’s favorite toy. In this way, your child can develop a greater understanding and empathy for the feelings of others, which is the basis of good manners.
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As a child grows older and enters a childcare program or preschool, he or she begins to look beyond the immediate environment and explore the wider community. Helping your youngster learn about the concept of community can strengthen his or her self-identity, improve social skills, and provide the foundation for learning about other communities and cultures. In addition to your child’s learning activities at preschool or daycare, he or she can learn more about communities with the following activities:
Play with Toy People
Children can often benefit from tangible expressions of abstract ideas to better understand a concept. Set up a play area with toy people, houses, railroad stations, or similar toy objects. Ask your little one to come play with you. Explain that the toy town is a community and that each member of the community plays an important role. For example, you might point out that the toy police officer helps keep people safe, while the toy mommy takes care of the toy baby. Branch out into an explanation of multiple communities, such as other towns and countries. Talk about the importance of respecting each member of the community and respecting members of other communities.
Read Books Together
Reading with your preschooler is one of the best ways to give him or her a great start in life. Visit the library together and check out books on other cultures. Read them together, and discuss the various cultures and their similarities or differences. Use age-appropriate language to explain that although one community may have different traditions or beliefs than another, each community’s values are equally valid.
Participate in Community Events
Look for local community volunteering opportunities to teach your child about communities in a hands-on manner. Your family can volunteer at a local food bank, soup kitchen, animal shelter, or home rebuilding project.
At Children’s Learning Adventure, preschoolers learn about the importance of community involvement and responsibility. Our educators guide children through fun activities in various learning environments. To learn more about our preschool and childcare programs in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma, please call us at (888) 674-1487.