While there are many developmental milestones that are important for writing, such as the pincer grasp, at Square Roots Preschool we like to practice writing in many different ways. One way is “writing” on forms, charts, calendars, lists…all just like they see adults do. This also helps develop confidence in themselves and well as demonstrating the importance of the written word.
Interacting with other “grown-ups” helps children develop a greater sense of self-confidence. So the next time you are at the drive-thru or at a restaurant, let your child order food for the family or at least herself. When it comes time to pay, have her give the money. Then watch the smile on her face:)
With older children, you can ask them how much change they should get back and also have them count the change to make sure it is correct.
Where are some other places that you order? Give your child the list of what you need and have her order those items. For example, at the deli in the grocery store.
You might not think that running errands is fun, but your child will! And it can be educational too! Children learn a lot about the world by helping with family errands. During you errands, just simply let her help you. Let her put the stamps on the letters at the post office. This is great for hand-eye coordination and fine motor pincer grasp! Show her a coupon and ask her to find the item at the grocery store. This matching and search/find activity will help with reading down the road! Another variation at the grocery store is to ask her to pick out three green apples to put in the cart. This “easy” request just incorporated mathematics (counting to three), classification (apples not bananas) and color recognition (green not red)! You can even have your child help you carry clothes into the drycleaners. This helps with gross motor development and coordination!