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Activities to do at home
We know families like to get involved and support their children's learning. As well as talking about what we are doing and spending time together the following might give you a few more ideas!
Helping them learn at home
Children learn through all their senses by:
- tasting, touching, seeing, hearing and smelling
- watching and copying people close to them they learn language and behaviour
Play is one of the main ways in which children learn. It also allows children to relax, let off steam, develop social skills such as concentration and co-operation, encourages the development of the imagination, develops motor skills and teaches self-expression
You are your child's first teacher, and know them better than anyone else. By talking to them, playing with them, and helping them develop skills you can help them learn at school. Children develop and learn really quickly in the early years. Playing games every day and helping them to explore the world we live in gives them the best possible start to their education.
We wholeheartedly encourage a variety of home activities, focusing on the following areas which researchers have identified as being the most important elements of home learning that improve educational outcomes:
Parents and carers reading to their child: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/02/16/why-its-important-to-read-aloud-with-your-kids-and-how-to-make-it-count/?utm_term=.c652bd3e77ea
Parents and carers helping their child to recognise numbers and the corresponding quantity: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f870506e1bc598341538b0be2/files/63bb70b4-2619-42df-afb1-82911db348a2/Home_learning_number.pdf
Learning and reciting nursery rhymes and songs: https://theimaginationtree.com/the-importance-of-rhyme-in-early-literacy-development
Mark-making at home: https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2011/10/Mark_Marking_Matters.pdf
Children doing puzzles: https://teach.com/blog/the-benefits-of-puzzles-in-early-childhood-development
At KVM, we have written some informational booklets to inspire parents to support the development of their child's literacy and numeracy skills. Please ask the Headmistress for a copy if you are interested.