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How to Talk to Young Children about Race

While there is no easy way to dive into the topic of race with young children, we as adults, can still have age appropriate discussions around the complexities of race and racial inequality. It is important that we communicate and speak openly so that children are able to make meaningful connections and learn about patterns that lead to racial bias.

Learning Through Play: The Importance of Play at 4 Months (San Leandro)

Play is integral to a child’s development.

It is through play, that infants begin to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings, all of which are crucial for interaction.

In their early days, your child is starting to use their senses to navigate the world.

As a child grows, they learn to use their bodies to make discoveries.

Furthermore, by using their eyes, ears, nose, hands, and mouth as their tools children become capable communicators.

So, why exactly is play so important during the first year, and what can you do to keep things fun and interesting for your child?

Critical Thinking Skills for Preschoolers: 4 Fun Activities to Try at Home

For preschoolers, critical thinking involves the ability to think clearly and rationally in order to understand logical connections between ideas.

To engage in reflection and independent thought, children must be encouraged to become active learners rather than passive recipients of information.

Furthermore, rigorously questioning ideas and assumptions is all about determining whether arguments and findings represent the entirety of the facts of a situation.

While intuition and instinct can take preschoolers so far, it is critical thinking skills that allow children to identify, analyse and solve problems systematically.

9 Quick and Easy STEAM Play Date Ideas for Preschoolers

 

Play dates are a great way for your preschooler to learn and bond with other children.

By incorporating activities that introduce basic elements of science, technology, engineering, art and math, your child can begin to develop valuable skills and abilities that can boost their understanding of critical thinking, literacy, and innovative potential.

Effective STEAM activities can generate a buzz, and encourage children to take an interest in the world around them as well as their preschool lessons.

Tell Me More About STEAM

However, not all parents understand how to set up engaging STEAM activities that children enjoy.

Let’s discover 9 quick and easy STEAM play date ideas that can give your child a fun and educational boost.

3 Magical Music Activities for Preschoolers

 
Music is everywhere we go.

From the busker on the street to the radio playing in the grocery store, it is almost impossible for your preschooler to ignore the constant sounds going on in the world around them.

However, did you know that introducing your child to music is an excellent way to provide learning opportunities that pave the way for vocabulary building and math comprehension?

Young children tend to have a shorter attention span than adults, and they can sometimes find it difficult to stay still.

Channeling this energy in a positive way through activities focused around music ensures your child gets the stimulation they need to grow and develop in a fun and welcoming setting.

At our Kids Konnect preschools in San Mateo, Oakland, Pacifica, and San Leandro, our play-based curriculum is packed with regular music and movement sessions that put a smile on every child’s face and even satisfy our teachers urges to dance.

What is a Play-Based Curriculum?

Let’s discover 3 fun activities that can make learning through music an awe-inspiring experience for your preschooler.