As a former daycare teacher, I learned so many things about the growth and development of a child. I helped out in the infant room where we took care of babies just 6 weeks old. I worked my way up room by room and age by age. I attended school toward my degree and I also took day classes to keep up with the research and development of care and procedures. I worked my way up to the school age classroom where I did the after school program and summer school program. It was a wonderful experience for me and I loved to see the children grow and learn.
What I missed during my years at the daycare was the opportunity to share God’s Word and His Love with the children there. We were so focused on their physical well-being and because it was a public daycare, we were not allowed to focus on the children’s spiritual well-being.
While it is most important to know that the children are growing in faith, I would like to share some ideas on how to help their physical development. Working in the daycare field helped me put a lot of these tips and tricks into practice and it was fun to see the children learning through play.
There are endless ideas out there on helping your children develop specific skills. Everything from fine motor skills like putting puzzle pieces in place to large motor skills like running and jumping should be considered. You can find various websites for specific skills but you are welcome to check out a website I found that has many different tips and ideas to help your child grow and develop physically and mentally. There are many different links on The Imagination Tree webpage so have some fun and try a few of these out with your little ones! If you don’t have little ones of your own, share this page with other young moms or use these ideas for grandchildren, friends, nieces and nephews. The children will have fun and you will know that you helped with their growth!
God’s Blessings on your journey with His precious little ones! May they grow strong in faith and body.
Christina Pritzlaff is married with two children. She has completed Early Childhood 1 & 2 classes, Infant Toddler classes, and completed the coursework for her Associates degree in Child Development. Christina splits her time between spending time with her family and working at New Beginnings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, camping, fishing, reading, and doing counted cross-stitch.