With life being a little unpredictable at times, some of us may have preschoolers who are learning at home rather than in a traditional classroom. If you are teaching your preschooler at home, here are five tips to make learning at home fun and effective for your little one.
Make Learning at Home Effective & Easy
Virtual learning can take some adjustment.
It’s not like school at home. It’s not like the classroom. And it’s not like homeschooling preschool either.
Virtual learning is a unique animal all of its own.
There are tech issues to sort out. Teachers and parents have a learning curve when it comes to using different teaching platforms online. And students have to learn a new way to “show what they are learning.”
It’s not always intuitive for teachers, parents, or preschoolers…and sometimes it’s not any fun, either.
I’m writing this post to offer some tangible tips for learning at home.
If you are a parent trying to work from home while homeschooling, or if you’re a preschool teacher who is teaching remotely, these tips for learning at home will definitely come in handy as families continue to settle into “the new normal.”
Establish and Maintain a Routine
Try to establish a routine that factors in age-appropriate learning sessions as well as a variety of learning activities and online apps. Be sure to consider playtime for your preschooler, as well as some extra time to lap sit and read picture books together.
While this routine needs to be consistent, it also needs to be flexible. If your child is seeming restless or agitated, this is usually a cue to move to a different activity. Try an online learning app like Reading Eggs to give your child some variety in their daily routine.
Make Space for Learning
Your preschooler is going to learn best if she has a comfortable place in the home to do her learning. Ideally, this will be a different set-up than where she normally plays with toys and games and also away from the television. Keep in mind your preschooler will be in this space for (up to) several hours each day, so it’s important to make it inviting.
But this learning space doesn’t have to be an entire room in your house that is now dedicated to homeschooling. A desk or small table is appropriate, or even a small space in your in-home office. Having a learning space in the same space where you are working from home will help you monitor your child’s screen activities.
Ease into Learning Sessions
If your preschooler isn’t used to doing homeschool preschool or otherwise learning at home, he is going to need a little time adjusting. This is especially true if you, the parent, are also working from home and cannot direct every single learning activity.
Try starting with learning sessions that are only 10-15 minutes long, followed by a play break. Once your preschooler adjusts to having formal learning sessions, you can start offering activities back-to-back. At this point you can also start offering more independent activities which will allow you to get more work done from home.
Take Learning Breaks and Enjoy Recess
Even though you are teaching your preschooler from home, it’s important to remember that children need to take breaks. This is important because your preschooler still needs physical activity and time away from screens, even if e-learning.
Yes, even if you are distance learning with an online program like Reading Eggs, it’s important to get up and move. Set alarms to remind yourself that it’s time to do something active with your preschooler. This makes a good break for parents working from home, too. Get up, get some fresh air, go for a walk or bike ride, or have a snack together. Remember that the social interaction your preschooler gets from you during this time is just as important as traditional learning.
Limit Screen Time to Quality Content
Let’s face it: if you’re a parent doing distance learning and you’re also working from home, there’s probably going to be an increase in your preschooler’s screen time. That’s ok if it is necessary for you to be able to get your work done.
When considering this, it’s important to limit your child’s screen time to the best and most high quality content. This means the online apps your preschooler uses:
- are age appropriate
- have specific learning outcomes
- are interactive with a wide range of activities
- have parental controls
- have exceptional reviews
More about Reading Eggs and Math Seeds
Learning to read is made easy and fun as your child makes their way through self‑paced, one‑on‑one lessons that match their ability and feature fun characters, wonderful songs, and interactive animations.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’ve written about Reading Eggs before. Several times, in fact.
But there is a really good reason for that.
I believe in their program.
I have been a paid subscriber for the last four years. No joke. I currently have three of my children subscribed and the photos in this post are of my own preschooler enjoying Reading Eggs while I work from home, creating new content and preschool activities for you. And it was a game changer for my oldest son when he was struggling to learn how to read.
Here is what you need to know about Reading Eggs:
Fast, Proven Results
- More than 91% of parents report a noticeable improvement in their child’s reading ability within weeks
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Why you and your child will love Reading Eggs
- Lessons match your child’s ability
- Exciting rewards and certificates enhance motivation
- Includes more than 2,500 e‑books
- Fun characters, songs, and animations make learning to read fun
- Track progress with detailed reports
- Compatible with tablet devices so learning is possible anywhere
You can read all my reviews below:
>>> 5 Tips for Teaching Reading to Preschoolers
>>> How to Plan Developmentally Appropriate Activities for Preschoolers
>>> How to Teach Your Child to Read in Preschool
>>> 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Learning to Read
How Does Reading Eggs Fit In With Other Preschool Programs?
Whether you’re doing homeschool preschool with my free Learn At Home Preschool Lesson Plans, or you have invested in my Complete Preschool Curriculum, or you have your child attending a brick and mortar school…Reading Eggs fits in with all of them.
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.