We play together a fair bit. I'm a big believer than learning through play is most effective for young children. That said, when he is content playing with his books/puzzles/instruments etc then I leave him to it. We spend a fair bit of time reading, drawing, kicking the ball around outside, climbing things and jumping/hopping/dancing around the place.
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Because i work 9-3 i play a fair bit with DS while i am home with him. Even if its just him riding around on his bike, i'll be sitting there cheering him on.
When he's at day care or if my mum or dad watches him for a day for me he always seems to be able to play by himself and occupy himself but when im there it seems he needs me to play with him a lot.... i dont mind too much as i am not there during the day
10-07-2012 11:47 #26
I did say, if they're interested, if your child is interested, good, you are doing the right thing. My daughter has just turned 4, so I have started doing some things with her, as she has shown some interest, but if she wasn't interested, I wouldn't push. And what I do is very informal.
Of course a teacher will extend any child that needs it, but in the first year of school, a lot of literacy lessons will be focussed on each letter and its name/sound, so whilst the teacher should be extending the child during independent work, the main focus of the explicit teaching will be about letter names and sounds, which could potentially be boring for a child who knows this already.
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11-07-2012 19:59 #28
Does this mean we all 'should' be playing/interacting more with our children? Or are interactive toys to blame because they don't stimulated their imagination?
Remember when we were young ? (I'm 32) our toys didn't flash, move, make noise etc!
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11-07-2012 20:14 #29
I play a lot. Probably too much tbh and te housework piles up and I get stressed. Some kids are really good at playing on their own, but my 4yo DS just can not do it, so if I don't play with him, he doesn't play. My 18mo is a bit more independent.
I find it really therapeutic for myself too, though. I love building in the sand pit or drawing on the concrete with chalk.
11-07-2012 20:17 #30
The bored factor is a reality for some super smart kids and will set some back and possibly into being naughty etc...
Teaching them letters and number when u think they are ready is great, but more importantly I think it's good to make them independent little people who have basic skills of colouring in, using scissors, being able to organise themselves with certain things, allowing them to be responsible for little things and so on... Basically, don't do every little thing for them and let them come to kindy feeling lost without mummy.
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