Fall into Fun in September with Your Young Child

September is almost here and that means opportunities for lots of fun! September is a fun month because it is all about going back to school, meeting new people, and getting ready for the holidays ahead. That makes September a terrific month for exploring with your young child.

Young Child-Centered Games

With the start of a new school year, September is a  time for getting to know everyone. This is a good time for activities that center on each, unique child. Some ideas include:

Outdoor Play

September is also a great month to go outside. It’s usually not too cold in most places to really get out and enjoy the weather. Take the kids outside for lots of physical activities. Go on field trips and scavenger hunts. Have the kids  point out how the leaves and weather are changing. September is a great month for taking the time to help kids notice what is going on in the world around them.

Indoor Play with Classical Music

There are plenty of indoor activities great for September as well. Did you know that September is Classical Music Month? This makes it a terrific time to incorporate music themed activities into your children’s days.

Classical music CDs and DVDs can be used during rest times. During more active times, children can learn to play classical music themselves. They will have fun doing it, build their motor skills, and even experience a boost in self-esteem from the praise they’ll get for performing for family and friends. You can incorporate short lessons about the history of classical music to supplement this theme.

What the Month of September Recognizes

September is also National Deaf Awareness month. This is a great time to teach children about sign language and the culture of the deaf community. The Look, Smile, Chat campaign launched by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) provides lesson plans for children to better understand and empathize with children who are deaf.

September 8th is International Literacy Day. This is an opportunity to highlight the importance of literacy for children all year round. Celebrate this day by going to the library to get a library card, reading your child’s favorite book with them, or acting out a story with props. Ninety percent of children’s critical brain development occurs by age five. Children whose parents read, sing, and talk to them from a young age develop larger vocabularies, become better readers, and are more likely to succeed in school.

Grandparent’s Day is September 10th. Teachers and parents can help children celebrate by having a picnic with Grandparents, putting together a special program, or making a craft for their Grandparents.

September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Put an eye patch on and walk around saying “argh matey.” Your children will love being silly with you and will enhance your children’s creativity through pretend play. Plan a treasure hunt, make a pirate ship out of a large box, or read Peter Pan. The possibilities are endless.

September is full of possibilities for children of all ages. Just remember to have fun and be creative!

Kristi Carter is a Child Development Services Supervisor at ChildSavers. She has worked in the field of early childhood for over 20 years, and  enjoys sharing her passion for early childhood with others. She lives in Chesterfield with her family, including four children ages five, six, seven and twelve.

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