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The First 5 Years Matter
Y o u M a k e T h e D i f f e r e n c e !
Research shows that children thrive
if they receive really good attention and care from their parents,
and child care providers. But we all know that good parenting,
and good child care isn't easy; it doesn't just "happen."
So very many things need to be taken care of - each child's health and
safety, each child's need for nutritious food, each child's need for
Place a well-chosen toy within reach of an infant as you smile and say, "this is for you"
Tell a toddler the name of the vegetable on his plate and encourage him to taste a little
Praise a two-year-old for how she stacked "three little blocks on top of each other"
Put the name of a three-year-old on his drawing while he hears you say his name and watches you write and say each letter of his name
Give a four-year-old several books to look at while she is in the car,
on the bus, or simply waiting for a meal to be ready - and tell her
the name of each of the books
age-appropriate educational experiences take 5, 10, or 20 minutes to do
Hold an infant close to you while you feed her, look at her, and talk to her
Change a toddler's diaper while you describe what you are doing and praise him for lying still for a few moments
Ask a two-year-old to choose a favorite book to read with you and then letting him help turn the pages and point to some of the pictures while you read the words
Help a three-year-old with "clean up time," putting each toy back where it belongs while you and he name the objects and discuss where each one goes
Cook something simple with a four-year-old using a recipe with pictures while you talk to each other about ingredients, how they look and taste, and the sequence of what needs to be done
Ask your child to tell you about a picture he drew and write down what
he says word-for-word. Then read it back to him.
your child to "sound out" the beginning sound of some words in a
familiar book, on a cereal box, or on store sign when you're out
are all things you can do - starting today. And these are all