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Families around the globe are suddenly faced with continuing the educational growth of their young children while also working from home. The lesson plans and resources online can feel like too much when you’re parenting multiple kids and the household chores are piling up. Never fear, you’ve got this!!
When it comes down to it, learning at home is all about talk, read, and play. If you’re able to do these three things throughout your day, you’re making a difference and helping your child learn.
Let’s meet Kyla and Michael. They’re going to show you how you can incorporate talk, read, and play throughout your daily routines.
Meal times are a great time to have fun and meaningful conversations with your young children. Breakfast, lunch, snack time, dinner time – there are so many opportunities to chat with your child. Kyla and Michael strengthen their connection as they talk about the food being served, and she encourages him to express his thoughts on what he’s eating.
Is the laundry starting to pile up? Including your little one when you’re catching up on chores can create so many opportunities to introduce new words. Watch as Kyla is able to help Michael learn the complex word: “basket.” Learning, fun, and chores all at one time!
Although you might not think of story time as a time for talking, books are great conversation starters. Reading the words on the page is not as important as the discussions you can have with your child about what you’re reading. See how Kyla and Michael also connect the book back to their laundry time and vocabulary word, “basket?” There’s a lot of learning happening!
Splish, splash, it’s time for a bath! As you help your little one bathe, explain what you’re doing and why it’s important. See how Kyla talks to Michael about how she’ll use shampoo to clean his hair and the soap to clean his body? She’s helping him understand what’s happening and engaging him in conversation.
The day is done, now it’s time to get ready for bed. We know that sometimes bedtime with a toddler can feel like you’re wrestling an alligator, but if you can talk to your child about what’s happening and engage them in conversation, it can be another great learning opportunity. Watch as Kyla pays attention to what Michael is doing and responds to his cues. What a nice way to end a fun-filled day!
Finding moments for learning throughout the day doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s as simple as talk, read, and play. No matter what you are doing, there’s opportunity for learning. You’ve got this!
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