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Effective ways to promote learning skills in your child

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

You must have observed that your child is now becoming more independent and self-confident. Remember, as a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher and each child will develop at their own pace. The preschool years are not exactly about academic learning; it is learning for life. 



    But these years lay a strong foundation for later schooling. Research says that the brain grows rapidly at this stage, boosting several skills at one go. You can expect the little one’s language skills to blossom, logical thinking to get better, and with better social and emotional skills, he is slated to become more interactive now. However, it would still need some efforts from your side to make your child’s learning skills more effective. Thus, it is imperative for you to first know what to expect out of your child at this point.

    What to expect out of your child at this stage?

    Language and cognitive skills

    Your curious child will be able to carry on a conversation well now. His vocabulary will be growing according to his thought process. At this age, your child will be able to answer simple questions logically as well as express his feelings better. Your child will enjoy singing, rhyming and making up words. 

    Social and emotional skills

    Your child will now observe objects with curiosity and notice differences such as their texture, weight, color, etc. He will use something he already knows to solve a new problem. For example, learning how to use the touchscreen mobile phone may enable him to test that skill in playing games on mobile phones. 

    He will try to think logically by classifying objects by their sizes or similar patterns. He will also understand the basic concepts of time with terms like now, early, soon, late, after, and so on. He will also understand the concept of sequence. For instance, he may sort objects from smaller size to bigger size. At this stage, your self-centered child will figure out that it is not always about him and start to understand other people’s feelings as well. 

    These are the effective ways to promote learning skills in your child: 

    1. Make your child speak more and more

    Encourage your child to speak clearly using more complex sentences. Teach him numbers from one to ten and train him to count ten objects and gradually proceed. To begin with, teach him four colors and three shapes, and letters, to write his name. You will notice that he has a greater attention span and learns at a considerable pace. Provide situations for him to follow two to three part commands. For example, “Put your toys in your bag, drop the plates in the sink, and make your bed.” 

    Grandma’s Tip: Initially, do not expect any perfection. Keep appreciating and encouraging him for every move of his. Teach him your phone number and if possible, your residential address. He will understand the order of his daily routines, like brushing his teeth soon after getting up from the bed and before going to bed.

    During this stage, your child will learn to trade toys with another child to have his turn. He will be exposed to social circles and learn the basics of problem-solving, observing and discovering.

    2. Help him have a better hold on his emotions

    You can try exposing him to situations to work through conflicts and control his emotions. Create an atmosphere for your child to develop the right set of emotions for the right time. 

    While he is better at sharing things with others and taking turns now, not every day would be the same. It would now be in his nature to enjoy playing with other children and please his friends. However, most of the times, he would express his anger through words rather than physical actions. While playing games he understands and obeys rules, but at certain times, he may be more demanding and uncooperative, which is quite common in growing kids. This is where you need to step in and help the little one learn that violence or being impulsive can never solve issues, but only aggravate them further. Reading books with moral-stories will always come in handy in this context.

    3. Help your child learn through play

    As children learn through play, discipline your child to run, hop, throw, and kick balls, climb and swing with ease. You can enable your child to achieve the following developments:

    -Peddle a tricycle 

    -Stand on one foot for more than 6-7 seconds

    -Do a somersault and hop 

    -Climb up and down the stairs without support 

    -Walk forward and backward easily 

    -Draw a person with a body, hands, and legs 

    -Copy shapes like circle, square, triangle, and more 

    -Stack 10 or more blocks 

    -Use a spoon and fork

    -Dress and undress his clothes, brush teeth, and take care of other personal needs without much of your help

    4. Use fun resources

    You can also promote your child’s learning skills through certain activities to develop his fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination using fun resources. Go for tasks like:

    -Balancing the balls activity 

    -Measuring the length activity 

    -Sensory exploration with sand 

    -Creative activities like painting with balloons 

    -Sand art

    -Label your household objects 

    You can encourage your child to do things like arranging his toys in sequence from smallest to largest, put the puzzles together and take two cookies from the box. These activities will help him lay the foundation for math. You can also teach your child how to relate words and images to experiences by asking him to paint an abstract picture and then define it. Also, encourage him by asking simple questions about the picture and appreciate when he starts to think out of the box. It is always the support from parents, which is the key to help kids learn better and do well in academics. 

    Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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