After several requests from parents here’s 15 ways you can support your child’s learning at preschool. There are many more that I haven’t listed here today, so enjoy these ideas and I’ll post more soon!
At Playful Matters we begin the year with Practical Life and Sensorial materials. We advise parents against purchasing Montessori materials that mirror what children are using in the classroom. Not only can the materials be costly but also your child may be uninterested by the same materials at home. Children are excited by and enjoy what has been prepared for them at preschool, they feel that the materials are special for them alone and relish that this is the work that they do when they are at ‘school’.
15 ways you can support your child’s learning at preschool
At Playful Matters it is our goal to help each child become self-sufficient and be able to interact with the preschool environment independently. To encourage your child’s independent self-help skills and to use the toilet independently, we recommend clothing that the child can take on and off by themselves.
At home you can set up an area that allows children to choose their own appropriate clothing and shoes for preschool. Encourage your child to dress themselves each morning. Make it part of an evening/morning routine where they are actively involved.
At Playful Matters we have brooms, dust pans and brushes, cleaning cloths and small buckets readily available for the children’s use. Consider having these items readily available at home. Encourage your child to use these tools and work beside them whenever they show interest. When-ever you see an opportunity, encourage your child to have-a-go.
Books and reading with you are essential. Create opportunities for your child to choose a book to ‘read’. Your child’s choice of books may guide you in what they are interested in. Use their interest to set up one structured activity to explore at home. Observe your child’s activity choices at Preschool and have a chat with your child’s educator about activities you can do at home to deepen your child’s understandings.
Invest in construction type toys, such as blocks, Lego, Zoobs, which are wonderful materials to have available in the home.
Other activities that you can set up for your child are:
- Preparing snacks, grating, using a peeler, cutting
- Scavenger hunts around the home, in the back yard, on a nature walk
- Collecting natural items on a nature walk to explore at home
- Pressing flowers
- Encouraging your child to take risks on equipment at the playground
- Setting the dinner table
- Planting a vegetable garden
- Big art
It is just as important to ‘hang-out’ at home too! Your child will be quite stimulated at preschool by lots of activity, social interactions and being away from home, allow for unstructured time with you. It is more than okay if your child doesn’t want to do anything when they get home, their minds will often be busy decompressing the day. Let your child guide what activity they want to do.
I hope you find these tips on how to support your child’s learning at preschool useful.