Enrichment is all about surrounding your child with opportunities to interact with beautiful, good, loving, noble ideas that will nurture his spirit.
Handicrafts & Life Skills
Children like to feel that they are contributing something worthwhile to the family life. Young children, especially, are eager to use their hands to create and to help with household chores. So use these years to gently teach the right way to do tasks around the house and to establish a sense of fulfillment from a job well done. Some handicrafts and life skills that seem to fit well with younger children are listed below.
Spool-knitting or finger-knitting
Clearing the table
Setting the table
Sweeping the floor
Unloading the dishwasher
Wiping sinks and counters
Display large prints of great artists, one at a time. Mention the artist’s name and together identify items of interest in each picture. One picture every week or two is a nice pace that allows your child time to think on what he has seen and talked about.
Play the works of great composers in the background during meals or driving or nap time. Mention the composer’s name so the child becomes familiar with it and connects that music with that composer.
Read poetry aloud to your preschooler at least once a week. Some of our favorite poetry books for this age level are
My Little Book of Poems by Rebecca Heller
When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne
Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne