Could you give you some advice on how you can help your four year old school child with some learning activities?
The library has Hooked on Phonics. You can do flash cards with
them and Walmart and Target have age appropriate learning books,
for each grade level in elementary. You can also make the things
you do with them every day fun. What ever they are into, count how
many they have, ask them what letter the toy starts with. Read
books together that have pictures and ask them those questions.
Look for group activities in the local papers for summer programs,
get them into a age appropriate sport. When your in the car play
guessing games about animals and things you see. Craft stores have
great activities you can do together. Start a fun calendar with
them and ask them what things they want to do to help them become
and independent thinker. Starting a garden with them is great too,
you can count the seed, count the days the seeds take to pop, they
can learn about life and how it grows and then see a beautiful,
possibly edible product in the end, put a bird feeder outside a
window, have them watch and count the birds. Take them to Science
centers, they have areas for 4 year olds to do things. Have play
dates with other 4/5 year olds and have games ready for them to
play. The list goes on and on and the only road block is the limit
to your imagination. The space for this is getting small but I do
want to let you know that yes, I did all these things and more with
my now, 13, year old son and he is a gifted child in school and has
compassion and a great way about him. Good luck and enjoy yourself.
I do know that repetition is the greatest tool we can arm ourselves
with to teach our children, that is after all how we humans learn
and utilize some of our best abilities. ........