Early Child Development 4-8

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Early Child Development 4-8

CommunicationLanguage skills are strenthened through everyday conversations. A child learns to hear and speak sounds crucial for reading, convey thoughts, and listen to and comprehend what other people are saying (Groark et al, 2014). Sing songs * Read stories aloud *Have conversations * Ask and answer questions * Tell jokes * Give multi-step directions.

PatternsTransitioning kindergarteners need to have a concept of time, count to 25, know how to follow directions, and learn how to solve problems. Solve math problems: * Play grocery store with fake money.* Playing board games also helps to boost math skills. * Count and sort objects by shape, size, texture, or color.

Reading LogA strong foundation in language skills is necessary for academic success.

Get Sleep and Eat HealthyA developing brain needs good nutritious food and proper sleep to perform well in school (Dunne, 2013).

Stay activePerceptual motor skills are an important part of learning. They help build the neuro pathways in the brain for faster recognition when reading, writing, and listening (Rose, 2011). Master swinging from the monkey bar, balancing on one foot, riding a bike, or pumping a swing unassisted.

Keep a Summer JournalWork on fine motor skills to strengthen hand and finger muscles and improve coordination. Make a journal to record summer travels and activities (Laura, n.d.). Practice cutting and pasting paper or fabric to decorate the cover. Write a dew sentences about what happened each day. Draw pictures to illustrate.

Physical Development

Cognitive Development

Comprehension: Ask questions. Make an alternate ending.

Schedule a weekly trip to the library.


Children learn by watching other children and adults. Over the summer be sure to provide many opportunities for social interactions.

As children try to exercise their independence set boundaries and help them learn to follow rules.

Imaginative play helps a child think more abstractly. At this stage a child can learn to take turns, compromise, and how to sympathize with others.

Early Childhood by Johanna Partridge

Read at least 30 minutes everyday.

Summer means having fun. Schedules are not as tight as during the school year. However, children still need some structure to help them feel safe. With edtime pushed back, younger children may need a nap or quite time at the same time each day.

ReferencesDunne, A. (2013). Food and Mood: Evidence for Diet-related Changes in Mental Health. British Journal of Community Nursing, 2012 Nov: Nutrition Supplement: S20-4. (26 ref) as retrieved from web.ebscohost.comGroark, C., McCarthy, S. & Kirk, A. (2014). Early child development: from theory to practice. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education Inc. Laura B. Sprague Elementary School. (n.d.). Summer regression remedies: How to enjoy your summer and stay on track [Newsletter]. Retrieved from http://www.sprague.district103.k12.il.us/pdf%20files/Summertips.pdfRose, D. (2011). Perceptual motor skills parent workshop [seminar]. Hickman, CA.Photos from Google Images. (2014).



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