Every day a child is developing skills
and gaining knowledge from their parents, their toys, books, games, and so much more. Sometimes it’s hard to have someone else teaching your kids at such a young age, but don’t fear! Once your child comes home from daycare there are still plenty of things you can teach them. It’s up to you to encourage and continue their lessons at home. Here are a few ways to help your little one practice at home.
Keep tabs with the teachers
Meet with the teachers as early as possible. Get to know who will be looking after the children. The parents should tell the teacher they’re willing and able to continue the lessons after daycare. Getting regular progress reports helps keep the parent and teachers on the same page about the progress. If there are any issues occurring it may be time to change learning tactics.
Chat with your Little One
Talking about how the child’s day went is the best way to gauge how they’re doing in daycare, pre-school, and pre-k! Encourage that talking to increase their vocabulary and pronunciation. Even if the child hasn’t learned how to talk yet, the parent can tell by their moods how the day went.
Help with Homework!
Daycares don’t really offer homework, but for pre-kindergarten, there are small bits of homework like practicing writing letters, learning numbers, reading age-appropriate books, and much more. The parent can sit down with their child to get involved with their homework, and help encourage them. Make it a game for practicing numbers and letters. Encourage reading during quiet time and bedtime.
Give Them Space
After daycare or pre-k, the child might be a little spent from so much socializing and they might just need some time to decompress at home with their parents. Homework doesn’t need to happen right away. The parent might even be able to weave the lessons into the rest of the night without making it seem like work. Learning can be really fun for everyone!