Your child’s learning can be strengthened and hastened when you supplement their classroom experiences are supplemented with at-home learning and growth opportunities. Canyons Early Childhood Department is committed in supporting you as parents in the education of your young children! We have created a collection of resources to help you in this endeavor.
Part of the daily routine in our preschool classrooms is called Plan-Do-Review. We do Planning Time, Work Time, and Review Time. The goal is to improve the intentionality of activities and provide ongoing engagement with adults and peers.
This has the following benefits:
- Brings more purpose to what they are doing
- Increases independence
- Expands language as they communicate their plans and then review them with you
- Develops a sense of time and accountability
Here are some practical ways to implement this process:
- Planning for a meal/snack – then helping with the creation and consumption – then review what you accomplished
- Help your children take pictures or videos and share them with their teacher to show what they have accomplished as part of their “review time”
- Meal times and bedtime are good times to review the day. Ask questions about feelings, predicting next steps, new plans for tomorrow.
Talk to your child about factual information of COVID-19 when asked. Be aware that developmentally inappropriate information can cause anxiety or confusion in young children.
Maintain a normal, consistent routine when possible. This can be reassuring to young children. Make sure to give lots of breaks for you and them.
Goodbye Questions! Hello Conversation!
You have probably noticed that when adults are talking with children, adults tend to rely heavily on questions. “What’s that?” “Do you like playing with cars?”
When children are asked a question, they are required to only provide a limited response. If we shift our conversational pattern away from questions and towards comments, we have the potential to shift daily moments into opportunities for learning.
Instead Of This … Say That
- “What did you draw?” … “I see a big green line!”
- “What’s that?” … “I see a big crane!”
- “What do you have?” … “You are holding two cars!”
- “Do you like it?” … “Mmm, this pizza is delicious!”
In addition to resources available at your local library, the following online resources provide access to free books and literacy activities:
These videos support families who have young children who struggle with language development, engagement with appropriate play, and participating in social exchanges (turn taking).