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Day 94: Working Independently

Here is another learning activity adapted from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for UniversalPreschool.com.

Remember, only do these learning activities if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn, while building “readiness skills” for the school or homeschool environment.

~ Working Independently ~

  • Encourage your child to try and do new things all by him/herself. Show them how to do something like getting dressed, brushing their teeth, cracking an egg for breakfast, feeding the dog, taking out the garbage, pulling weeds, etc. Then let them try it by themselves (while you keep a watchful eye). Trying to step back can be very difficult for some parents but it really is the best thing to encourage independence. Just watch for a little while before you step in to help. When your child asks, be ready and willing to lend a hand or to give them a different perspective on the situation.
  • Give your child a chance to figure things out for themselves. As long as they can’t get hurt and don’t become overly frustrated let them keep trying to do for themselves. This can be very frustrating for the parent but it will really pay off when you see the, “I got it!” look of excitement and pride on his/her beautiful little face!
  • Encourage independent play. When children learn how to play independently, it promotes creativity and helps aid their self-esteem and sense of pride. It instills confidence in their ability and motivates them to do other things independently.

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