Getting Started With Preschool At Home
Young children learn best by exploring the world around them and making discoveries. Below are some tips on preparing to go on a learning journey with your child.
Setting Up Learning Spaces
Learning should not take place in only one place, such as at the dining room table, but all around. Learning can take place sprawled out on the living room floor, on a swing in the backyard, or exploring a nearby park. It does not hurt, however, to set up a few child friendly learning spaces for your child around your home.
If you have an office area where you are working from home, consider setting up a ‘desk’ for your child to work at. Stock their desk with items such as paper, writing tools (pencils, pens, crayons), an alphabet chart, word books, letter stamps, etc. This could also be a place where your child could have access to educational games or digital books on a tablet. Make it a place where your child can ‘work’ alongside you.
Setting up a discovery area can be a fun way to introduce STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities to your child. Place a small table and chair in front of a window that your preschooler can see out of. Activities at this table could get messy, so consider a location that is easily cleaned. Make sure to keep science and art supplies close at hand. Consider including:
- Magnifying glasses
- Paper and pencils for recording observations
- Crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc
- Paint and paint brushes
- Glue and tape
- Child safety scissors (if your child is ready)
- Lots of plain paper
- Construction paper
Create a quiet reading nook. This space should be a quiet place where your child can relax and look at a book. Use items such as yoga mats, pillows, a bean bag chair, etc to make the space comfortable for your child. Fill a basket or box with books and add a ‘reading buddy’ for your child to read to.
Get creative when coming up with a spot for your quiet reading nook. Smaller, out of the way spaces give your child a sense of security, as well as peace and quiet. In my classroom we created a quiet space under a table. We put down a yoga mat and pillows, and had a basket of soft items to snuggle with.
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