So often, I am asked, “What do you do with your children to help them in school?”
I think the best answer is to create life experiences that will develop background knowledge and vocabulary.
My almost 5 year old has taken a great interest in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She was recently given a TMNT sweatshirt for Christmas. I decided to take my little turtle to see the turtles in the Reptile House at the Bronx Zoo.
“Turtles in a half shell, Turtle Power”
Since she had developed this interest, it was easy to get her to interact with the exhibits in the Reptile House. She wanted to know the different names of the lizards and turtles. We also had fun searching for the animals because, as she said “they like to camouflage with the environment they live in”.
Combining the fiction of TMNT with nonfiction information made it easy for her to incorporate new vocabulary.
So, my advice to you is to get out there and explore. For 2015, I want to develop my girls’ interests and help them enjoy the big world around them.
How do you spark creativity in your child?