Parents worldwide are struggling to find ways to keep their little ones entertained and engaged in home learning. The challenge of being a teacher can overwhelm many parents as they try to teach their children and work from home. Sometimes just getting started is half the battle, it can be hard to get kids to settle down to learn in their own homes, so where do you begin?
This guide will look at the best ways to keep early years learners engaged at home.
The learning environment is as important at home as it is in nursery or preschool and a positive learning environment can have a massive impact on your child's learning experience. The opportunities you give your children to access learning toys and books are significant to how they learn. A positive environment with access to educational play encourages your child's self-confidence and curiosity. A quiet environment (if there is such a thing!) minimises distractions for your little learner and maximises learning opportunities. As mentioned in our previous blog, wooden toys allow children to develop their imagination and explore using all their senses naturally. This colourful building block set is a great example.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
It's never too early to get your kids involved in STEM learning. Stem education aims to develop your children's ability to work across all areas of expertise and work in interdisciplinary teams. One of the main building blocks of STEM is creativity and the ability to solve new thinking problems. One of the best ways to encourage creativity in your children is through natural and wooden toys. Plastic toys that overstimulate children tend to do the job of the child's imaginative play for them. For this reason, wooden toys help to develop creative skills. This wooden workbench is a great way to encourage STEM learning.
Learning through play
Playing to learn is hugely important in early years learning at home; it's the backbone of how our children learn. Learning through play develops the brain in early learners; games also teach our children how to engage in relationships when they're older. Imagination is essential for young people and it colours how they see the world and interact with it. Playing with your child helps develop relationships, but it's also vital for parents to step back and allow them to have free play. Free play helps to build confidence and independence at a young age. These wooden puzzles are great for both collaborative play and free play. They encourage problem-solving, creative thinking whilst helping to teach shapes, numbers, letters and much more.
Supporting numeracy at home
When it comes to early years learning, numeracy should be included from an early age. Many parents worry about teaching maths and English at home, but it can be easily built into daily life at an early years level. Counting with your child as you walk downstairs builds maths into their daily lives. There are other things you can do to teach your child numbers early on. We like this wooden learning house.
The best way for early years children to learn is by having fun, take the stress out of learning, look for ways in which you can incorporate repetitive daily tasks into engaging learning opportunities and create positive experiences for both you and your child.