How Do You Start Early Learning at Home
Early learning starts at home and parents are children’s first teachers. There are different ways to go about facilitating early learning at home and probably the most common and easiest way to do it is by allowing children to play toys with a lot of educational value. Your home is a wonderful place for learning activities. But you do not have to make everything feel like a classroom. You can get your children excited and thrilled about new discoveries and learning something new.
Here are a few ideas on how to do early learning at home.
Playing Fun Games with Early Learning Playsets
You can start early learning at home by playing a variety of games with your children. Fun games and activities about animals, colours, numbers and shapes are always going to be something that appeal to children. You can come up with different games using the same toys to make things interesting and fresh. For instance, you can use a shape sorter to identify different shapes. Once your child is familiar with different shapes, you can hide the shape pieces and ask your child to find these pieces like a scavenger hunt.
Writing & Reading
Writing is a basic skill that children need to develop while they are young and would use through their lives. Knowing how to write starts with familiarity of the different letters of the alphabet and numbers. There are many alphabet toys that are fun to play and will encourage your children to learn about the alphabet and numbers. It is also highly recommended to read storybooks together to expand your children’s vocabulary.
Colour & Shape Recognition
Our world is made of colours and shapes which is why colour and shape recognition is among the first lessons children learn at home. Buy picture books and colour books that your children can paint and colour. You and your children can make shape cut outs from paper and colour it however your children want. This is also a good practice for fine motor skills. Fine motor skills use the small group of muscles of the hands and fingers to perform precise movements.
Sorting & Counting
Reciting numbers from memory in the correct order is only the start of knowing how to count. There are many toys that can help you teach your children how to count. Sorting toys are good examples of toys for teaching children how to count. Your children can sort pieces based on their characteristics, either similarities or differences. They can then count how many pieces have the same characteristics or how many are different.
Early learning can also happen outside of your home. The garden is a wonderful place to teach children different life skills and to promote living closer to nature. Showing your children around the garden and explaining to them where their food comes from helps them develop a good relationship with food as well as know that fruits and vegetables do not just magically appear on the shelves of the produce aisle at the supermarket.
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