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by Traci Geiser
As the lazy days of summer go by, your mind may start to wander to thoughts of fall and back to school. It is important to be sure your preschooler is prepared for kindergarten, but who wants to trade in fun in the sun for working on counting and the ABC’s?
The good news? You don't have to choose between building kindergarten readiness skills and playing outdoors. Many parents think flashcards are the best tools for learning math and literacy skills, but research shows that young children learn best through hands-on, playful activities. Try these ideas next time you're playing outdoors to boost your child’s skills.
Gather up a basket of books and a blanket, then find a shady spot to read together. Simply reading to (and with) your little one every day helps her understand print concepts, improves her speech and vocabulary, promotes parent-child bonding and fosters a lifelong love of books. Plus, what better way to enjoy a sunny day?