Posted on: 26 July 2017
Preschool provides plenty of learning opportunities for your child. During the pre kindergarten day your little learner is tackling subjects such as science, math, reading, writing and social studies. Even though she's getting plenty of classroom content at her pre-k learning center, that doesn't mean her education needs to stop at the school door. Whether you're getting your child ready for kindergarten or you just want to extend what she's doing at her pre k 12 learning center school, you can keep the development going at home. How? With a few simple at-home activities!
Young children have a natural sense of curiosity that sparks science explorations. Don't worry if you can't remember physics formulas or how to calculate molecular mass. Your 3- to 5-year-old isn't ready for that yet. What types of preschool science activities can you do at home? Something simple that anyone can try (with little to no planning or materials) is a nature walk. You can even do this if you live in a city area. Go outside and take a look around. Ask your child to spy birds, bugs, animals (such as squirrels or chipmunks) and plants. Bring along your camera and have your child act as a nature photographer. She can also bring a sketchbook to document what she sees in pictures.
Reading and Writing
It's likely that your child is exposed to books throughout her pre kindergarten day. Keep this type of learning up at home. Ask your child to pick a favorite book or go to the library and let her choose one. Read the book together, asking her questions about the story, the characters and the pictures as you go along. If you're not sure what to ask, start with an open-ended question such as, "What do you think is going on in this picture?"
After reading the book, ask your child to 'write' an illustrated book report. This doesn't mean she needs to write words, sentences or paragraphs about the story. Instead, she'll fill her book report with drawings. Keep in mind, pictures and letters are both symbols. This activity will get her to think about the book, improve memory skills and build fine motor abilities.
Take math off of the page and make it hands-on. Your young child doesn't need to sit by herself and do worksheet after worksheet. Practice counting, adding and subtraction by using small toys (such as dolls or toy cars). Line the toys up and ask your child to count them. She can also put different numbers of toys together to add them, or take a few away to subtract.
Your child's preschool education can happen 24-7. After the pre kindergarten day is done, try a few fun-filled learning activities at home as a family. Not only will these help her to understand the classroom content that she's learning at school, but they also offer a chance for you to spend time and bond with your child. Visit a preschool, like Kid's Country Learning Center, for more help.Share