There comes a time in a child’s life when they have to start learning how to clean their room. It helps them be responsible and to appreciate the things they have. Additionally it frees up the parent to do other things once they have been properly shown how it’s done. And depending how you approach the idea, it doesn’t have to be dull or tedious. Here are some ways to enhance your child’s learning with the task of cleaning.
Learn colors through closet organization – By putting similar or like colors together, children learn how to differentiate between them. Make it fun by emphasizing what the color is and having them repeat it back to you several times. If, for example you are hanging clothes in their closet, have them place similar colored items together. In doing this they are also learning to organize. This method can also be used when sorting through their socks to be placed in their dresser drawers. This will help to eliminate making unnecessary purchases on clothing items when things are seen in clear view.
Shapes – Children can learn about different shapes by the many toys or games they have. When organizing their play area observe the different shapes. For example, you might have a game in a rectangular box. State what shape it is and have the child repeat it back to you. While they are repeating it back to you have them place the item in the appropriate and designated space. This will help them to put items back in their proper “home”. It is also another way of learning about colors. When done on a consistent basis, the child will be learning to keep his room organized and clutter-free.
Learn new words – Whether you have a bookcase or another area for book storage, children can be taught new words. Their vocabulary can be jump-started by pointing to different words in a book. Begin by writing several words down on a piece of paper. Don’t make it too many because it might be too overwhelming for them. Give the piece of paper to them and ask them to look on the first page of the book and see if they see that same word. When they notice it, pronounce the word and have them repeat it back to you. Place the paper back in the book and make it a point to do it again at a later time. Put the book in a suitable spot for easy retrieval.
These are clever ways for a child to learn while cleaning their room. It is also teaching them good organization skills that will be instilled in them for years to come. And if you are a parent, it gives you a little less to do in your already busy world.