Oh my goodness, how have I been away from my precious blog for so long?!
To catch you all up on why I've been absent from here, I went back to teaching!!!! After nine wonderful years of staying home to raise our four boys, I have returned to the classroom and I am LOVING my job! I teach first grade part-time (2 days a week, sometimes more) at my boys' elementary school. Between that and driving all over town because my 4 boys are spread out at 3 different schools, I'm definitely staying busy. Oh, and we are also currently in the middle of re-doing all of our flooring, painting the inside of our entire house, picking out some new furniture and getting ready for a birthday party. Whooooosh!!! Life is busy and time is flying by! And I've been busy decorating classroom doors...!!
Now that I'm back in the classroom, my Pinterest boards are filling up with amazing classroom decorating ideas, classroom management tips, and most of all, wonderful ideas for teaching content to my cute little students. And one way that parents can help their children start off on the path to success before they even enter their first ever classroom is by simply talking, reading and singing to their children at home. You as a parent have so much power over your child's future success just by reading, talking, and singing to your children at home. Science tells us that 90% of the brain is formed by the age of 5, and more recent research reveals that more than 80% of a child’s brain is formed by age 3.
Our house is BUSY with four boys and all of their different interests, activities, homework assignments, etc. But we make sure to fit in at least 30 minutes a day of actively reading, talking and singing together. Who am I kidding?! We spend pretty much 24/7 talking over here. It's a zoo!
Here are some ways that I incorporate reading, talking, and singing into our daily routines:
1) Give your little ones choices. Pick two breakfast items and ask them to choose between the two items. This gives them the freedom to choose and a chance to talk about what they like. Give them two outfit choices, two free time choices, two drink choices... anything that gets the conversation flowing. Even if they're too little to respond, their brain is busy absorbing your voice and your words.
2) Put flashcards on a keyring so they are portable. When we're in the car waiting for older brothers, the little guys and I can practice our letters, numbers, and sounds.
3) Download your kids favorite songs onto your phone. When we're in the car or in the kitchen, you can find us singing and dancing to our favorite learning songs!
4) Story Time... find a good time of the day and read to your child. It doesn't have to be bedtime, just anytime during the day that fits into your routine.
5) Night-time talk time... or anytime! I make it a habit to ask my kids questions all the time to get them talking and staying open with me.
By following these 5 simple tips, you are starting off your child on the right path to success!