A mom writes to Dr. Bill for ideas on providing an enriching environment for her 4-year-old daughter. Show Notes

Friday, March 21, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Dear Dr. Bill, 

I recently heard your response to a mom whose 5-year-old child wasn’t ready for kindergarten.  I seem to have the opposite problem — my 4-year-old daughter has been ready for school since she was three!  She knows how to read and is curious about everything.  We don’t have the money for preschool, and I’m uncertain about home schooling.  What do you suggest?

--Linda

Dear Linda,

What a blessing it is to have a child who has such a love for learning.  A lot of parents wish they had your problem!  

My guess is that your daughter will be ready for kindergarten very soon, and since private school may not be an option, you’ll need to make some decisions about public school vs. charter school vs. home school.  Focus on the Family’s website can help you explore the options.

Meanwhile, you should make your daughter’s environment as enriching as possible.  Since she loves to read, I would suggest weekly visits to your local library’s children’s section.  

Let her check out several books each week on different topics that interest her.  And take advantage of the special children’s programs that most libraries offer.  These are free, and can introduce children to a wide variety of interesting subjects.  

Also, come up with some fun, educational activities that your daughter can do around the house.  You can find great ideas on the internet or at your local educational or teachers’ store.  

Finally, make sure to affirm your daughter for her creativity, imagination, and love of learning.  Help her when she has trouble with something new and encourage her to tackle new challenges

Thanks for writing, Linda.  I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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