Our approach to providing child care in our Perth area locations is “learning through play.” We are often asked by parents how to duplicate our environment so that their children can learn while they play at home. We don’t recommend trying to duplicate what we do here because we have more resources than the average home does. But there are some ways that you can provide a home environment that encourages your preschool child to learn while playing.
You are the Role Model
The parent is always the child’s most important and first teacher. You don’t have to consciously teach because with every action, you are teaching by example. Therefore, your actions on a daily basis have a lot to do with how and what your child learns. The fact that you are the primary role model presents you with ample opportunity to help your child learn.
Here are some tips for helping your child learn through play at home.
The Home Office
If you are doing mundane tasks such as making appointments on the phone, paying bills or shopping online, it gives your child a great opportunity to assimilate communication skills such as speaking, listening, reading and writing. A shoebox makes a great pretend computer and you can make a screen out of clear contact paper. Let your child draw or write on the paper with crayons and wipe them off to start fresh.
Two cans or paper cups and a string make a great “telephone,” or you can make a “cellphone” out of something as simple as a toilet paper roll. You can also make a box of “bills” and provide a catalogue to browse.
Make a workstation for your child away from the stove and away from sharp knives. A few pots, pans, bowls, measuring cups and spoons can help your child learn mathematics and science while “helping” you cook.
Contact Cuddles Childcare Centres to learn more.