Learning experiences are fun for everyone!
Children and parents can share the joy of learning and playing while they communicate and grow together. By working together with your child, you are helping to build his or her language and literacy, social and emotional, gross motor, fine motor, and cognitive skills.
“Fun and Learning for Parents and Children” is a collection of activities and ideas for use in the course of family life. Many of the ideas might be routines that you are already doing.
Your children’s ability to learn new skills will depend on their stage of development and their individual interests.
Remember, you are your child’s first and most important teacher and your home is a primary learning place! Their learning will depend on the opportunities and support that you offer them at home and in their surroundings. Play the games now.
Before you get started with an activity in “Fun and Learning for Parents and Children,” you might review the Helpful Hints below. They offer ways to help you plan and prepare for the activity anytime and anywhere:
- Establish some rules with your children and be consistent about enforcing them.
- Set limits and be prepared to have them tested.
- Use eye contact and reasoning to relate positively to your children.
- Give detailed explanations to questions and explain the meaning of new words when asked.
- When not sure, say “we will have to check on that one together.”
- Praise your children for their positive behaviors and let them know that they are loved.
- Remember, you are your child’s first and most important teacher and your home is a primary learning place! Their learning will depend on the opportunities and support that you offer them at home and in their surroundings.
Do you want to learn more about your child’s development?
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ) Third Edition is a questionnaire designed to help parents check their child’s development. Parents can use the results of the ASQ to help talk with pediatricians, teachers or other professionals if they have concerns about their child’s development.
Early diagnosis and treatment of developmental delays can help give a child the best opportunity to reach his/her full potential. For children between the ages of birth and 5 years…Use the ASQ questionnaires to check your child’s general development. The results help determine if a child’s development is on schedule.
Use the ASQ:SE questionnaire to check your child’s social emotional development. Results help identify appropriate social emotional competence in young children.
The LaneKids website is a resource for parents that includes:
- a local family-friendly activity calendar
- much more!
LaneKids is a community initiative convened by United Way of Lane County and funded by the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative. Dial 211, toll-free to speak with a nonprofit expert in health and social services information. Phone service is available in 150 languages! You can also access information from the 211info.org web site.