My heart goes out to everyone who has been impacted by the Corona virus. Therefore, knowing a lot of families are now in a situation where their kids are in need of education at home, I want to share a few things that might benefit families of preschool-aged kids.
We are facing some uncertain times, however, let me challenge you to look beyond the struggles and find the opportunities.
Every child needs a supportive and caring adult. It’s ok if you don’t feel qualified or prepared. Kindness, caring, and creativity go a LONG way.
Best Practices for Teaching at Home:
Read Aloud: If there is ONE thing that would benefit your child the most, it is cuddling up together and reading aloud everyday. Marilyn Jager Adams said it best when she said, “Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.”
Play: Give your kids plenty of time to play. Play is essential! Furthermore, it allows your kids to problem-solve and process information. Fred Rogers said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
Planned Activities: Plan some time to focus on things like letters, numbers, or writing your child’s name. A little practice in these areas, every day, can go a long way. Keeping in mind, that hands on, interactive, and kinesthetic is always the way to go with little ones. They learn with their senses.
Life Skills: One of the best things about homeschool is being able to teach everyday, life skills. These skills include things like hygiene, how to make a bed, how to fold a towel, shaping cookie dough, organizing books, taking care of animals, or how to tie their shoes. The list goes on.
Be Relational: Creating an atmosphere of safety, love, and acceptance is creating an environment for learning. Smile, give hugs, affirm, and play.
Things Preschoolers are Learning
If you are home now with your preschooler and are looking for some ways to continue their education, I want to give you some ideas of what you could be working on.
Things your child learns in preschool:
- Uppercase Letters
- Lowercase Letters
- Beginning/ending sounds of words
- Sight words
- Counting, numbers, matching, patterns, colors, shapes, size
- Name writing, days of the week, months, body parts, emotions
- Life Skills
- Songs and movement
- fine motor skills, balance
Preschool Resources for you:
There are a ton of resources available to you. Therefore, it’s just a matter of finding out what works for you and your family.
Here are a few comprehensive resources that cover the basics of what a preschooler should be working on.
1.Preschool Daily Skill Builder: This is a no-prep, print and go resource that focuses on preschool skill-building in seven different areas. (Calendar, Personal, Math, Writing, Letters, Reading, and Fine Motor Skills)
2. Preschool Learning Folder: This is an interactive notebook that focuses on the building of cognitive and fine motor skills for toddlers thru Kindergarten. Even more, kids LOVE this resource.
3. Alphabet Learning Folder: First, this resource is designed to teach the alphabet to preschoolers. Secondly, it contains activity pages that allows them to put the letters into practice.
4. Prewriting Activities: Prewriting is simply basic shapes and strokes needed to start handwriting. This prewriting pack focuses on building fine motor skills while introducing the basic strokes of handwriting, as well as, shape recognition.
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