Cultural Basket

my worldWith the emphasis on academic excellence, many young children are hardly exposed to different cultures and they possessed very little knowledge about the world and its happenings. When children learn about other cultures, it helps them understand and feel engaged in the world. They become interested in cultural norms and values, different religions and languages. Most importantly, they will learn to respect and embrace diversity rather than fear and reject differences.

How then could you encourage your preschooler to learn about the world? It’s really not that difficult.

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Make a Face!

changing-facesBeing able to understand one’s own feelings and the feelings of others is important in the early years. Children who are able to do so are often able to calm themselves down more quickly when they get upset, form stronger friendships with other children and generally have fewer negative emotions.

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Let’s Cut (Part 2)

let's cutOnce your child is able to pick up and use scissors successfully, offer plenty of opportunities to practice. Introducing interesting materials for your child to cut is a fun way to further promote the development of fine motor skills.

Here are 5 cutting activities to help strengthen your child’s fine motor skills:

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Let’s Cut (Part 1)

let's cutDo you allow and encourage your preschooler to use scissors? Or do you think that your child is “too young to cut”? The truth is, a child who is following the appropriate developmental milestones should start cutting at the age of 2 years old.

The motion of cutting helps to build up tiny muscles of the hand, and these muscles will be used when your child learns to write, draw or hold onto things with a grip (think toothbrush, spoon, pulling up pants). Cutting also enhances the use of eye-hand coordination, which is a vital skill for activities such as throwing / catching a ball, zipping up a coat and even writing.

Here are some tips on how to get your child started on using scissors:

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Oh Books!

oh booksEquipping your child with appropriate social skills is important. Social skills are not only necessary for enhancing social and emotional connections, they are also clearly essential in the development of academic success. Besides role modeling, the one great way to teach your child social skills is through reading. These books are not only entertaining, they are a wonderful resource to have for inculcating and encouraging good manners and positive behavior.

Do add them to your child’s existing library collection! :)

1. My Mouth Is A Volcano / 2. Heartprints / 3. When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry / 4. The Way I Feel / 5. Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

Rhythm & Movement

musicWe are often so eager to expose and introduce letters and numbers to young children that we forget all about creative arts (art, music, movement, dramatic play). Besides art, movement and dramatic play, music provides more benefits to children than just simple entertainment. Just as how music makes us feel good, children feel the same way too. Music is a natural part of life for young children, and exposing them to music at an early age helps to cultivate many skills that will continue to be useful throughout their lives.

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I Spy With My Little Eye

i spyEvery child likes a game, so why not use their enthusiasm to reinforce learning when you bring them out on a neighborhood walk? This activity “I Spy with my Little Eye” encourages children from ages 4 – 6 to observe, explore and inquire while taking a stroll around the neighborhood.

Before going on a walk, talk about what a neighborhood is. Ask your child questions about what they might see and who they think lives in a neighborhood. Print out the activity checklist, go through the list of items, attached the checklist onto a clipboard and your child is all set to go!

But that’s not all. :)

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