We really miss our kids! I’ve heard from many co-workers, and we all miss seeing the little ones on a daily basis. I hope and pray you are all staying safe and healthy during this time of crisis.
I hope all of our preschoolers are still able to learn and grow in knowledge in their day to day life at home with family. A young mind is constantly absorbing new material, and, for now, you are the source that they observe the most. You don’t have to use workbooks, stickers, and charts to educate at home (unless you want to). Advice that I followed when I was at home with my children when they were young was “talk, talk, talk” and “read, read, read.” Talk to them while you are making dinner – “Can you find the can of Tomatoes? It starts with a T that says t, t, tomato.” Talk to them while you set the table – “There are four of us. How many spoons should we set on the table? Let’s count them.” Using descriptive words while they learn to tie their shoe or wash their face helps give young children the verbal skills they need.
Also, read, read, read. Your resources may be limited at home, but your little one will not mind reading their favorite books again and again. You can read picture books, pointing to pictures for them to name, and you can read longer books without pictures while they sit on your lap or play on the floor or cut and paste a picture. Again, the more words a child hears the more their mind absorbs.
Another way to read, read, read and help the school is to look up Clubs.scholastic.com. Scholastic Book Club is making the option of mailing your order directly to your home now. You can still put in the preschool class code: RGR4C and that will help our class earn points for books and resources for the classroom.
Using technology wisely can also be a great educational tool. Children should not spend hours glued to a screen, but they can learn by playing games on a tablet or computer. A couple of websites I would recommend are ABCya.com (one I used for my children during the summer months). It is designed for children pre-K through 6th grade, and there are fun learning games for preschoolers. Another website is learning4kids.net which has a lot of great ideas of things to make and do at home, and you can browse by age or by categories such as alphabet, colors, fine motor, numbers, paint, science, and many more.
I do hope we will all be together soon, and that all of our families will stay safe and healthy! If you have questions about this post or would like more advice you can contact me by email: JillGarcia613@yahoo.com.