Many families of infants and toddlers are facing a daunting task: continuing the educational growth of their young children while having to work from home at the same time. You’ve probably seen all of the lesson plans and resources online, but that feels like too much. You’re struggling. The household chores are piling up. You may feel like you’re letting your children down. You’re not!
When it comes down to it, learning at home is all about talk, read, and play. If you’re able to do these three things throughout your day, you’re making a difference and helping your child learn.
Let’s meet Kyla and Michael. They’re going to show you how you can incorporate talk, read, and play throughout your daily routines.
Meal times are a great time to have fun and meaningful conversations with your young children. Breakfast, lunch, snack time, dinner time – there are so many opportunities to chat with your child. Watch as Kyla and Michael talk about the food being served, his thoughts on what he’s eating, and most importantly, form a strong connection with each other.
Is the laundry starting to pile up? Catch up on the chores while having fun with your little one. Plus, look at all the words you can introduce to your child! In one interaction, Kyla is able to help Michael learn a complex word: “basket.” Learning, fun, and chores all at one time.
Reading a story together is a great time to take a break from the day and have a fun conversation. Remember, reading the words on the page is not as important as the conversations you have about what you’re reading. See how Kyla and Michael also connect the book back to their laundry time and vocabulary word, “basket?” There’s a lot of learning happening!
Splish, splash, it’s time for a bath! As you help your little one get sudsy and clean, use this time to explain what you’re doing and why it’s important. See how Kyla explains to little Michael how she’ll use shampoo to clean his hair and the soap to clean his body? She’s helping him understand what’s happening and engaging him in conversation.
The day is done, now it’s time to get ready for bed. Kyla continues explaining to Michael what’s happening and engaging him in conversation. She pays attention to what he’s doing and responds to his cues. Use this time to talk to your little one and get in some snuggles. What a nice way to end a fun-filled day!
Talk, Read, & Play
See? Finding moments throughout the day for learning doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s as simple as talk, read, and play. No matter what you are doing, there’s opportunity for learning.
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