We know that all parents and caregivers want the best for their children. We also know that parents and caregivers have what it takes. Here are a few ways you can support your child's learning, starting NOW!
1. Learn about your child's growing brain.
Science made simple! Remember these 5 "Brain Building Basics" to help build your child's brain.
- Look. Even before babies can talk, they're showing you what they're interested in. Look into their eyes, or what catches their eye, and begin brain building.
- Follow. Powerful brain building moments are created when you let children lead the way and you follow by responding to their words, sounds, actions, and ideas.
- Chat. It may not seem like it, but the sounds and gestures young children make are their way of communicating with you! So talk out loud together and keep chatting as your children grow to engage them in learning about the world around them.
- Take Turns. Back and forth interactions between you and your children are one of the most important ways to help their brains develop. So be sure to take turns while you're talking, playing, or exploring with your children.
- Stretch. Make the moment last longer by building on what your child says, or asking follow-up questions that expand your child's thinking and learning. When you stretch the conversation with questions like, "What do you think about that?" or "How does that make you feel?" you're stretching the brain building moment, too!
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2. Download the Daily Vroom app.
Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bathtime, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds. Get the tools!
3. Try the ABCs of active reading TODAY!
Active reading involves reading a book with a child rather than reading a book to a child.
Active reading has three easy-to-do parts:
- Ask Questions
- Build Vocabulary
- Connect to the Kid’s World
Want to know how? Watch this quick video developed by Read Charlotte.
3. Use the power of music!
A playful approach to learning is always best! Click here for more information, ideas, and fun videos!
4. Advocate for your child.
As a parent, you know your children best. Click here to find local, regional, state, and national resources related to your child’s health and development.