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Tips for Helping Your Preschooler Learn at Home

Tips for Helping Your Preschooler Learn at Home

Many parents want to know what to teach a preschooler at home. The good news is that learning comes naturally to young children. They learn through play, reading, exploring, and conversation (they ask a million questions, right?)

Every child learns differently. One child may learn to read as young as four, while another will blossom as a reader at age 7 or 8. It is important to meet them where they are and help them grow by teaching them basic concepts.

So, how can you tell where they are? Start with their interests. Do you find them constantly playing in the dirt and building? Try a science activity. Do they frequently look at books and listen to stories? Introduce lowercase letters. Do they love counting, sorting, and adding? Start with math concepts. If none of these spark their interest, encourage activities that strengthen their motor skills, like art, Play-Doh, dancing, and sports. 

Here Are a Few Ideas To Teach a Preschooler at Home:

Consider a Preschool Curriculum 

Each child is different, so finding something that interests them is important. Some children like activity sheets and flashcards, so consider a preschool curriculum. Many are available online.

If you can find some extra time and love to be creative, you can create fun games and lessons to do with your kids. But if you’re like many of us and extra time is nowhere to be found, that’s ok too! There is an abundance of free preschool resources all over the internet. Pinterest is a great place to find activities and crafts you can do with your preschooler. We recommend you create a board for different themes and subjects so they are easy to find. Just make sure that you keep it simple. Remember that preschoolers learn best through play.

Have Realistic Expectations

Research shows that children ages two and three have an attention span of around 4-8 minutes. By age four, this increases to about 10 minutes. Why does this matter? You need to ensure the activities you plan to do are appropriate for where your child is developmentally. Don’t force your little one to focus on an activity for longer than they are capable. Trying to do too much can often end with frustration for them and you.

One way to extend an activity is to change your physical location. Here are a few examples:

  • Start reading a book on the couch, then move to the floor.
  • Start singing a song on the carpet, then march around the house.
  • Make fun snacks in the kitchen, and eat them together outside on a picnic blanket.

Changing your location within each activity is a simple way to gain attention, and your preschooler will be more likely to re-engage.

Real-Life Experiences 

Real-life experiences provide teachable moments. Cooking together encourages measuring, reading, and following directions. Imaginative play helps children craft stories. Driving down the road, you can practice spotting letters and numbers–even if your child isn’t a pro at letter recognition yet!

Go Outside!

Parents of preschoolers don’t need to be told that their little ones are curious–it just comes with their age. But who can blame them? Through their little eyes, the world is full of potential, and a new adventure is around every corner. So, how can you use this curiosity to build a strong foundation and a love for learning?

Encourage their curious nature by taking walks and exploring the world around them. Digging in the dirt is healthy for kids. Running, jumping, and climbing improve gross motor skills. These fun activities also provide a daily dose of sunshine and fresh air!

Read, Read, Read!

Everyone knows that reading to young children is important. Let them hold books, turn pages, identify the title, and observe the pictures. If you are short on time, try books on CD or view read-aloud stories on YouTube.

Be Social!

Go to the park, library, or splash pad to encourage social skills. Schedule play dates on the weekends or spend time with extended family. 

Keep a Supply of Simple Learning Activities at Home

Playrooms aren’t only for toys! Here are a few simple activities to keep on hand for preschool children:

  • art supplies like crayons, scissors, and construction paper
  • board games
  • blocks in basic shapes
  • magnetic letters and numbers

Have Fun!

The ultimate goal is to ensure that your preschooler is having fun. Learning should be enjoyable for you and your child. If you find that one of the activities isn’t working, stop doing it. You want to model and establish a love for learning. At this point in your child’s life, enthusiasm for education is a much higher priority than mastery of a particular skill or completing a craft.

So do some research, pick a few activities, and have some fun learning and growing with your preschooler! 

At Dairy Road Discovery Center, we believe the preschool years should be filled with fun opportunities for your children to learn and explore independently while in a safe and nurturing environment. Call us today to register for next year. Learn more by clicking here.

 

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