Home Learning Center
A Home Learning Center is designed to make the home a place for continual learning. Home materials are used and saved for creating and extending activities. The goal is to compliment the child's classroom learning experiences. We want to develop and establish a partnership between the parent/child and the teacher/instructional assistant. We want parents to share ideas for future activities and recipes, as well as volunteer in to support the classroom and school.
Ready for Kindergarten
Title: All Around The City
Why: This activity will enhance and enrich your child's learning throughout the summer break so that your youngster will continue to development in all areas of Early Childhood Development (e.g. social/ emotional, language, large/small muscle, and cognitive development).
What: Both you and your child will visit different places in the city and spend time building memories.
How: You may select a day to take a short trip with your child to various places in the city and talk about the things you see, hear, touch, and taste. During your trip, identify what is seen and share interesting features about it. You may want to include in your conversation how the many things that are viewed are the same and different.
At the Mall: Describe how certain stores sell different items. Talk about where you buy his/her clothing and toys.
At the Park: Talk about all the things in the area from the trees, flowers, animals, and different types of play equipment.
At the Zoo: Look at the animals, discuss their names and how they look. You could ask, what is the first letter in zebra? Is it Z or H? Talk about how the birds are the same and different.
At the Grocery Store: Talk about how there are many different kinds of fruits, vegetables, breads, canned goods and so much more. You could do an activity" In Search of the Alphabet." While at the store, you and your child can look for items that start with the different letters of the alphabet.
Plus, a way to talk about these experiences is to play a game with your child called "Remember When". You can have this conversation while driving in the car or taking a walk through the neighborhood. (Ex. Remember when we walked by that tree and saw all of those acorns on the ground. What do you think happened to them?)
What Else: Take a trip to the library and find books related to the various places you have visited. Then, create your own book about your adventures. Encourage your child to ask questions. This helps your child grow as a listener, speaker, reader and writer. All of this enables your child to be successful in Kindergarten.
DTB# 1: Before starting an activity, explain what you and your child are going to do.
DTB#2: Before starting an activity, give your child time to become familiar with the various terms you will be using.
DTB#9: Praise your child when he/she answers questions and holds a conversation.