Families: Share Your Knowledge

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The early years of childhood are an important time for learning. A child’s brain develops more by age five than any other time in life (Brain Development). In fact, 50 percent of intellectual development has occurred by the time a child reaches four years of age. This means that parents are the first teachers. 

Many parents feel they have to be an “expert” in order to educate their young child at home. This is not the case. Think of topics you know about or things you have learned that could be helpful to your child. It can be as simple as explaining how seeds in your garden grow into plants or how bees are important pollinators. Share stories your grandparents shared with you about how things like transportation or technology were different then from now. 

Visit your local library and check out books on interesting topics that you can explore together. Discuss books that you read together. Simply having conversations with your child develops their oral language skills and background knowledge. These are skills that are important to strong literacy development down the road. 

Simple activities and conversations can benefit your child. It enables you to share the knowledge you have while also developing foundational skills they will draw upon later. 

For more information on this topic, tips about parenting young children, and a calendar of fun activities download the Growing Together newsletter below

Click to download: Growing Together Newsletter – JANUARY 2024


  1. Brain Development. (n.d.). First Things First. Retrieved January 4th, 2024