As a mom of 5 and grandmother to six kids, I am well aware of the importance of talking, reading and singing to your child before the age of five, and afterwards of course. I remember being pregnant with each of my girls and always talking to them during my pregnancies. It's something that I carried on with all of my grandkids after they were born, maybe it even has something to do with the fact that three of the kids are very musical and love to sing. At least I'd like to think that all that singing and playing with them with music in the background has something to do with how talented this bunch is. After all, the love of music and talent for song came from somewhere right?
First 5 California is a great resource for website as a great resource for activities for newborns, babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Science has found that 90% of the brain is formed by the age of 5, and recent research also reveals that more than 80% of a child’s brain is formed by age 3. Your child's brain is a muscle that needs to work out and train so that it can begin to work it's best. The more your child's brain works out now, the better their chances at a more successful future.
For ideas on how to stimulate your child's mind, you can visit the First 5 California Activity Center. This is a free resource that shares so many easy ways to get those little minds working and their little bodies active. So many fun things to do like: play make-believe, dance, crafts and reading. My grandsons are getting a little bit older; Julius is going to be three in a few months and Anthony will start pre-school soon. Both are active little guys that love to go from one activity to the next, that's why a resource like First 5 California is so helpful. There is a section for toddlers and pre-schoolers that's given me a batch of fresh new activities to do with them when it's my turn to watch them.
Visit First 5 California and explore all the resources available to you. Now if only they could teach us how to have enough energy to keep up with the kids!