Home learning is really just fun activities you can do with your child to help them develop.
The most important aspect of a child’s learning happens in the home; parents are the child’s first and most important educator. Children learn from what they experience, hear and see from their very first moments.
This is why Home learning is a vital part of a child’s development. Providing a stimulating and caring home environment, with lots of opportunities to learn and play, is critical for young child’s brain development. A baby learns so much in their first 2 years! The picture below shows the amount of connections there are in your brain at different ages.
Photo source: Corel, JL. The postnatal development of the human cerebral cortex. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 1975
Young children learn by exploring, experimenting, observing and asking lots of questions! Children develop by being actively involved in their own learning. This could be as simple as:
- Talking about the colours of the socks as they come out of the washing machine.
- Counting the first few steps as you go up or down the stairs.
- Baking a cake together and measuring out the ingredients.
- Whilst Reading to your child let them turn the pages, encourage questions and act out the story.
- Encouraging mark making in a Messy Play activity.
- Learning a new nursery rhyme with your child.
- Exploring new places. This could include visiting a library and choosing a book or going on a nature walk and collecting items to make a picture.
Here is an example of a simple home learning activity:
- Mark Making using a toy cars, crayons and scrap paper. Sellotape a crayon to the front of the toy car and have hours of fun mark making.
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