The year 2020 started with a lot of stress and problems. 2020 has taught us how to survive the pandemic and gave a new set of rules to start a fresh life. In this chaos, we had to keep our self safe and healthy where we started a new culture of “work from home”. This even led to homeschooling where we had to keep kids safe during this pandemic.
There is a huge change and a challenge when a kid goes to school and when you start schooling them at the home. Particularly when we talk about preschoolers it is harder to teach them at home. Preschool is the basic foundation of the kids who start schooling from the age of 3. They learn basic activities like coloring, painting, singing, and dancing. These activities help to build their basic motor and social skills.
Now in the year 2020, we have no choice to start preschool at home. Even I have a preschooler in my home where I am teaching her at home. To make things easier I have listed a few activities which help mum’s to teach kids at home.
- Know your ABC.
- Numbers from 1 to 20
- Know your Shapes.
- Identify Big and Small.
- Use of Crayons and Pencils.
- Rythme time
I know my ABC
First and foremost is learning alphabets. Let it be any preschool they start with Alphabets and Numbers. They help kids to recognize the alphabets and their sound. Use the help of big flashcards or put up some alphabet charts in the home where kids can often see and learn alphabets. Play some alphabet songs and sing along to encourage them. Do this more often so they get used to the alphabets.
Numbers from 1-20.
We have plenty of numbers of song or rhymes which can be taught in dance form. The easy way is to count from fingers which help the preschooler to improve their memory. Numbers from 1 to 10 are taught in nursey and by kindergarten, it is from 1 to 20. Even to teach numbers you can use the help of flashcards.
Know your Shapes.
Shapes and patterns are taught to develop their mental ability. In preschool, they often have wooden shapes to play to draw. there are many fun ways that help kids to understand the shapes. The best example is “round full pizza” is in circle shape and when we cut it we have “triangle”.
Use of Crayons and Pencils.
When my daughter started playgroup each session was on painting or doing drawing. Let them explore colors and draw what they want. It is the basic foundation where a kid learns how to hold a crayon or pencil. This develops their motor skills too.
Rhyme is a good way to develop speech and language development. Nursery rhymes are a child’s first experience with words. Helps them learn new vocabulary or numeracy. When actions are linked to words in the nursery rhyme, it helps boost motor skills and improves rhythm and movement. Improves memory, concentration, spatial intelligence, and thinking skills.
There are a number of rhyme which help to preschooler to count, learn alphabets, and builds social interaction. Nursery rhymes also provide the opportunity for children to hear the language being used in unfamiliar ways (including old-fashioned words they might not have heard before). If you’re a bilingual family, nursery rhymes can help support a child to learn more than one language.
Early reading has immense benefits just like writing and drawing. Early reading or bedtime stories have a lot of benefits. Story Time has lots of great stories for everyone to listen to. Each story is usually less than 20 minutes long, hopefully just long enough to keep your toddler, preschoolers, and little ones engaged. Story Time is a free session organized by the library people for pre-schoolers and toddlers.
Read More: Early Reading Benefits.
Physical activity is also necessary for child growth and development. Playtime is also essential as we consider other activities too. Playtime develops social interaction. Playtime includes playing outdoor and indoor activities.
Play can stimulate imagination and encourage creativity. It helps children learn how to respond appropriately to positive and negative emotions based on their experiences playing with other children. Teach toddlers to learn to share, take turns, or be a leader by doing something as simple as building with blocks.
Read More: Teaching Preschool at Home.