Here's how we support and extend children's learning in our preschool and here are some suggestions on how you can support at home.
1. Communication & Language
We give the children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations. At home you can talk to your child about your day this can be a special relaxed time when you demonstrate language and listening skills. Repeating what your child has said shows you value what they are saying and that you are listening to what they are saying. This then empowers them to speak and then listen to your responses more.
2. Physical Development
We provide opportunities for the children to be active and interactive and to develop their coordination, control and movement. We are very active within preschool and we value this so we help the children to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food. At home you can enjoy physical activities too a walk to the park and jumping in puddles for gross development and building up muscles in their hands by helping you peg out the washing or ice cakes.
3. Personal, Social & Emotional Development
At Preschool we help the children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. At home you can support your child by modelling positive language by being positive and not using negative language. When your child becomes angry acknowledge what they are feeling and explain how and what they can do to not feel that way, such as I know when your brother takes your toy it makes you angry he is a baby and cant help it but I understand you are angry. When they have calmed down you can talk about what they could do next time if it happens again give them strategies.
At preschool we encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. We give the children access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest. At home you can do this too, we teach the children the sounds and use the Jolly Phonics programme.
At Preschool we provide children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces and measures. At home you can do this too by linking in every day activities such as the counting the stairs to bed, weighing when baking, pointing to the different shapes in the environment, talk using language such as one more and one less, write numbers down 'Nan lives at number 5' and the get your child to recognise the number in the environment when you drive or walk to Nan's house.
6. Understanding the World
We at preschool guide the children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. At home you can do this by bug hunting in the garden, planting vegetables, using cameras and taking photographs of their garden, taking photographs of different places they visit and bring it into preschool to share the experience thus developing lots of vocabulary and language skills as they talk about the photographs!
7. Expressive Arts and Design
At Preschool we enable the children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design & technology. At home you can do this and it does not have to be expensive give your child a large cardboard box and watch when they use their imagination. Give them props to go with the box such as material, a music player or musical instruments, celotape, wax crayons, clothes, pegs and kitchen utensils to mention a few. Then I suggest you start to play after a while sit back and watch them develop the activity be prepared to let them explore the objects for different purposes.