We’ve already covered you with a checklist for primary school readiness, but when it comes to the link between what your pre-schoolers are doing in their classrooms, and the learning potential there is to continue that process at home, we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves. We know here at The Treehouse Club that parents play a critical role in supporting little one’s learning journeys, and that trajectory should begin from a young as age as possible. By sharing your own enthusiasm for diverse learning opportunities and encouraging an early learning environment at home, this can have a hugely positive outcome for your children. To help with that Early Years learning progress at home we’ve come up with tips to help…
Make Sure Your Child Has All They Will need
From a sun hat to colouring pencils, a water bottle to a book bag, make sure your child has what they need every day before they head off to pre-school (and primary school when the time comes). By paying plenty of attention to these details you are showing your child how important their education is, and having the things they need will help reduce their anxiety and give them peace of mind when it comes to the class schedule each day.
Ask Your Child How Their Day Was, And Discuss It With Them
You sent them off fully prepared for their day, but when they get home make sure you spend time talking with them about their day. Ask about their friends, their teachers, and what they did that day.
By validating their day you are showing them that their accomplishments (and their disappointments) matter to you.
Help Them Become More Independent
Work on basic but essential self-help skills at home including:
Implement Visual Timetables And Routines At Home
Understanding the passage of time can be tricky for some children, so visual timetables that your child can interact with a great way to build positive routines into a little one’s daily life. Routines can help children feel safe, develop life skills and build healthy habits for all round success.
Get Busy With Learning Through Play Activities At Home
Try learning games, basic phonic programmes, pre-school science experiments (making slime, etc) and make plenty of noise turning saucepans into musical instruments! There are so many fun activities you can try at home to enrich those sponge-like minds with positive learning experiences. Mud pies, counting clouds, mixing paint colours, building dens in the forest: it all counts!
Now You’re All Set…
Of course there are no hard and fast rules to how to help your curious little learners at home, but we hope these tips help with ideas to point you in the right direction. If you are also keen to enrol your little one into a pre-school that has a successful school readiness programme as well as a nature based, child-led curriculum then do get in touch with our Admissions Team to find out more about The Treehouse Club.