• In order for a child to be productive for any amount of time, they must move. If you do not provide movement activities for them, they will provide their own. As you will know if you have spent any amount of time in church.

  • Include walks, park visits and field trips. Anytime you go on a walk, to a park, or on a field trip as a preschool activity, give the children a purpose. Have them look for everything that is green or have them find circles or squares. Ask them to see if they can find out what each animal eats at the zoo or the animal farm, or have them see if they can go on the swings, teeter-totter, slide, and monkey bars 3 times each. Having a purpose does not mean that anything else they stop to look at is a distraction. Maybe when you see that they are picking up every rock or touching every bug, you will want to change your focus. Don't criticize them for being children. Allow them some room, but having a purpose gives a little more meaning to your outings.

  • Find lots of different ways to move. You thought you could only move like a person? How would you move if you were spaghetti? How would you melt if you were a glacier? How would you blow yourself up if you were a balloon? Let the children choose ways to move. Follow them. Teach them different kinds of dance: ballet, jitterbug, tap, modern. I think that most children love to dance and believe that they can, until someone laughs at them or criticizes them. Never, NEVER let that someone be you. It will come too soon as it is.

Few things in life are more fun and rewarding than curling up on the couch with your kids and a good book. If you truly want your kids to learn to read well, then READ TO THEM EVERY DAY! There is no better way to teach your kids that reading is fun and interesting.
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