Your child may be starting preschool this year, but before they begin to get into that mindset, all they will be thinking about right now is summer fun! Summertime is a perfect opportunity for you to spend quality time with your children and talk to them about what to expect when they start preschool. Here are a few activities you can do with your child to prepare them for the school year.
Explore new places. Preschool age children soak in information everywhere they go. This summer, take an opportunity to take your preschooler to places like museums, aquariums, and zoos. Your child will have lots of fun seeing all the new animals while you explain small bits of information about the animals’ habitats and diets. You may even learn something new! Your child is likely to hold on to knowledge this way and can later use it in the classroom during animal-themed activities, such as naming or coloring animals.
Try educational games with your preschooler. You don’t have to purchase any expensive playsets or videos. Children learn through playing, and you can do that with a simple walk to the park or at home! If you’re out at the park, try having your child count how many people walk by or how many dogs they see running around. Playgrounds are often bright and noticeable – use them to teach your children about colors!
At home, you can have themed scavenger hunts. If you have different colored balls handy, you can hide them in child-safe areas of your home and challenge your child to find one of a specific color or size.
Arrange play time with other children. If you’re out at the park, pool, or playground, chances are you’ll meet other families enjoying summer as well. Encourage your child to socialize and have fun with other children. Preschool is all about learning basic social skills and manners, so getting a headstart by teaching your children to be polite and respectful to others can help them along the way.
Registration for our 2019-2020 Preschool year is open! Take the summer to teach your children all sorts of new information while having fun. You may not realize it at first, but all the information your child learned will definitely show.
Eliut Morales is the Writer/Content Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at email@example.com.