The things that I probably remember the most from my childhood years are the ones that had to be with my parents spending quality time with my brother and I, and also the babysitters and teacher we had. Those types of memories will be always with me, and somehow dictate the way I raise my son.
So when I heard about the program Ready. Set. Grow! I knew I wanted to learn more and be able to tell more parents about it. The Program Ready. Set. Grow! Has a main objective of provide resources for the children development.
Plenty of studies have shown that 90% of the brain is developed during the first 5 years of life. That is why the emphasis of education should be given to this age. When kids start learning soon they will have better academic outcomes in life.
When my son was born people used to make fun of me because I was reading and teaching him things even when he was only a newborn. Now we can see the results on his report cards. Science cannot be wrong. Children that have good stimulation and learning experiences will develop better skills than kids that do not have such stimulation.
What I had learn during my years as a parent and while doing my Masters in education is that quality time is more important that the quantity. I have always worked outside the home and my son has been at daycare or school. However I always find fun and safe ways to almost every activity with my son an educational experience that he will benefit from later on.
Even a simple trip to the grocery store can be fun for kids if we let them help do the shopping by creating a shopping list that is kids friendly and will help them learn letter, colors and fruits names, for example.
Now finding childcare that you can trust is not always easy. But thanks to the campaign Ready. Set. Grow!, now parents can access the resources to find certified childcare centers and also provide resources and ideas on how you can still be part of your child education and growth. The program Ready. Set. Grow! has a website with so many resources that I wish something like this would have been available when my son was little. So many times I was confused about how to find childcare and even about what games were appropriate for his age. But now all the information is just a click away.
If you want to know more about this great program or you are looking for parenting and education resources, please visit Ready. Set Grow!
This is part of a compensated campaign with Smith New Media and ReadySetGrowLA.org. However, all opinions expressed are my own.