Three year old children are now able to have more control with their fine motor skills and have more understanding and heightened curiosity about the world. Parents as the educators can pass on values with small activities and help the child increase their self confidence in their daily lives. The following are a few general examples to be implemented at home.
- Read a bedtime story every night even if it is only a short one. Make it a routine as it will also help children settle down at night.
- Tell true stories at bedtime instead of reading for variety of bedtime routine.
- Borrow children’s books from your local library to add variety to the collection of books read.
- Avoid using the TV as a babysitter. Limit the amount of time spent watching TV and video, etc. Set limited times when it is enough to be sitting in front of the TV.
- Turn TV off when family are having meals. This is setting a good example of when to watch TV and allows for dinner conversation.
- Take time to walk at your child’s pace when outdoors/in public.
- When outdoors, spend time talking and looking at things along the way. Name things along the way to help your child’s vocabulary.
- Use this time to share news regarding things that are related to family/friends, people and things that are important to you and your child.
- Remind children to wear hats and sun scream before going out to play.
- Practice kerb drill when walking.
- Help your child to know the meaning of traffic light colours.
- Encourage the child to be physically active as it leads to a feeling of wellbeing and helps promote good muscle tone and strong heart and helps deals with stress. It also helps them sleep better.
- Encourage the family to exercise together, dancing with favourite music, swimming at the closest aquatic centre or in your pool, kicking a ball at the park or in your backyard, bushwalking, etc.
- Encourage respect for the environment.
- Involve the child in caring for the garden. Allow them to plant a small herb garden. Use the herbs to add taste to foods. This can also encourage them to eat the foods since they were involved in the preparation of the food.
- Children can do small task that help to develop respect for the environment by carrying the household compost bin or carry out the papers to recycling bin.
- Discourage waste, for example, remind children to use one piece of paper for drawing and to use the other side as well. A chalkboard is less wasteboard.
Forming good eating habits:
- Encourage the child to eat using child size cutiery. This can help them eat independently and gain confidence.
- Encourage healthy eating habits to lessen the chance of diet related diseases by offering some children prefer raw vegetable. Offer sticks of carrot or celery. Offering a variety is good.
- Plenty of wholegrain cereals such as breads, rice, pasta, and noodles.
- Lean meat, poultry, and fish.
- Offer milk, yoghurt, and cheese.
- Encourage children to drink water instead of juice or cordials or soft drinks contain sugar, preservatives intake.
- Choose foods low in salt.
- Expect the child to try new food but don’t insist that they eat it if they don’t like it.
- Introduce foods repeatedly and they might one day change their mind and give it a try or even like it.
- When at the dinner table ask questions and show interest in your child’s day.
Source: Montessory for daily