Early Learning at Home


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  • Learning doesn’t just happen at a school or in a classroom.
    These suggestions should be done informally and only if they don’t turn your child off. See what works for your kid(s) and modify as needed
    Hands on at this age! Not screen time or worksheets
    Praise creativity, hard work, growth in learning
  • Reading to your child teaches them fluency modeling, left to right, expression, comprehension
    Them reading to you encourages a love of reading and builds comprehension
    Magnets: individual letter or word
    Hunts teach to see letters/ assoc a sound, or comprehend meaning (Can be active hunt or circling from newspaper, magazine, mail)
  • Drawing in early writing
    Cards and Invitation: Picture with one or a few words – teaches that writing is communication
    Name: One capital letter
  • Tweezers: cotton balls, strings, frogs,
    Eye droppers: tub shapes, coffee filter art, color mixing
    Scissors: thumb on top, “Shake hands”, cut away from body, helper hand
    Ripping: Difficult b/c opposing movements
    Beading: Noodle necklaces, beads on a pipe cleaner or straw
    Lacing: make your own with cardboard/old boxes- tape on end
    Tools: Let them hammer! Tool sets (screw, pliers)
    Sensory tubs: scooping with spoons, pouring, squirting with basters,
  • Kitchen: also math like counting, character (serving others, teamwork)
    Blocks: Taller, lower, wide, short, shapes, house, tower, skyscraper, arch, walls, roof, chimney, Factories and machines, come up with a problem and ask them to invent something to help you and explain it
    Dress up: Jacket/coat/shawl, hat/cap/helmet, stockings/tights/socks, clothing/attire/dress/costume,
    Puppet show: Asking someone to play, practicing kind words
    Bathtime: Sailboat, speed boat, submarine, birds (wings, feathers, beak), whale (spout), colors, Traveling: how, where, what does it look like, why is it going there (hauling, cruising, pirates!)?
  • Early Learning at Home

    1. 1. Early Learning at Home Allison Fletcher
    2. 2. Learning is fun! • Learning is fun and can happen anywhere • Informal exploration • Concrete experiences • Low pressure • Praise!
    3. 3. Pre-reading/Reading • Read to your child! • Ask your child to “read” to you • Letter identification, letter sounds, short words – Magnets – Letter/sound/word hunts
    4. 4. Pre-writing/Writing • Straight line letters/numbers – Popsicle sticks, toothpicks, Q tips • Curvy letters/numbers – Wet noodles, laces, yarn • Tracing – Flour, sand, paint bags, shaving cream, beans, shells, playdoh, tape on floor, calendars • Writing – Chalk, crayons, markers, paint brush, pencils, highlighter
    5. 5. Pre-writing/Writing • Drawing pictures – label what they draw • Cards for family and friends • Writing stories in book • Invitations • Name
    6. 6. Math • Counting – Stairs, grocery store, stoplight • Number concept – Dominoes, dot plates, picnic plates, collections • Number identification – Hunts, clothing, puzzles, books • 1-1 correspondence – Tea party seating, place settings, counting anything with finger, shoes and socks, eggs carton, cupcakes pan, puzzles, ice cube tray • Shapes – Hunts, playdough/craft sticks/stamping with lids or cups, snacks, Hot Lava game
    7. 7. Fine Motor • • • • • • • • Tweezers Eye droppers Scissors Ripping paper and gluing Beading Lacing Tools Sensory tubs (Rice, beans, popcorn kernels, cotton balls, water, sand)
    8. 8. Language Building Through Imaginative Play • Kitchen – Food names, health, appliances, opposites (more and less, hot and cold, wet and dry), actions • Blocks/Legos/Lincoln Logs – Math vocabulary, comparisons, colors, architecture • Dress up – Synonyms, jobs, body parts • Puppets – Modeling social skills and character • Bathtime – Types of watercraft, animal names & body parts, travels around the world