Home Learning

Extracted from https://famly.co/blog/management/how-to-encourage-a-stronger-home-learning-environment/

 

Why do home learning environments matter?

There has been plenty of work done on the importance of home learning in the early years, and all of it makes a very strong case for the crucial role it plays in a child’s early development.

Just some of the things that we know:

What does a good home learning environment look like?

 

This is all well and good, but what do these studies mean when they talk about positive home learning environments?

 

Understanding the importance of play is key, as is the ability to encourage and facilitate a child’s learning. One study also tells us that the starting point needs to be a place where:

  • Children are listened to

  • Their contributions are valued

  • Their ideas are taken seriously

  • Their language and thinking is encouraged

 

What about specific examples? Well, many studies quote the following seven approaches:

  • Singing songs and nursery rhymes

  • Reading with the child

  • Visiting the library

  • Playing with letters and numbers

  • Painting and drawing

  • Taking children out and about

  • Opportunities to play with friends at home

 

What do parents need to know?

1. The importance of play

Many parents can try and be too academic with their children’s learning in the early years, giving them activities or trying to work with them on things that they’re not ready for.

2. How to interact

The best way to interact with their children is crucial, because interactions are the cornerstone of a quality home learning environment. 

 

Try to cover ideas like:

  • Using a wide vocabulary wherever possible

  • Using open-ended questions – and waiting for the child to answer

  • Being positive and encouraging

  • Giving children choices

 

3. The developmental stages

 

In surveys, many parents have noted that they struggled to understand age-appropriate activities at different stages of their child’s development.

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