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Informal Learning. You can give preschool children a good start on an excellent education in many informal ways. These include real-life experiences such as working with parents, creating useful or decorative items, gardening, walking or driving in various environments, visiting different places and people, and conversing with parents and others. Listen to children's ideas and questions, and give appropriate explanations of what they see and experience. Add to this a regular program of reading aloud to your children. Choose good books in all areas of knowledge. Children vary immensely in their development. Some may be ready at age 2 to 4 for a few minutes of phonics or numbers drill in the form of playing with flash cards and manipulatives every day. [more...]
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