How to Encourage Learning in Preschool: 7 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Interactive play and learning at home encourages learning at preschool.


Your child's preschool teacher handles the curriculum during the school day, but as a parent, you influence your child's learning at home. Even though her endless questions might drive you a little crazy, keep in mind that questions come up because she's thinking about things and exploring them, which is all part of the learning process. Encouraging her inner investigator and staying connected with the preschool classroom help support in-class learning. She might not call you her teacher, but you know your hands-on activities outside school hours can help her bloom into a learning star.

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    Visit with your child's preschool teacher to get a better understanding of the curriculum and learning activities. Learn about the specific skills they practice and themes they use in the classroom so you can reinforce those ideas at home. Ask the teacher for suggestions on extension activities you can do with your little one.
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    Volunteer in the preschool classroom if you can. Seeing you take an interest in her preschool learning gets your little one excited. You also get a better idea of exactly what your little student does when she's at preschool. You might even get a chance to play and learn along with her.
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    Ask your child about preschool when you pick her up so the ideas are still fresh in her mind. Chances are she'll forget a lot of the details later on. Ask specific questions to get her talking. For example, you might ask, "What story did your teacher read today? What games did you play? What was the snack?"
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    Read with your preschooler at home every day. Her preschool teacher should incorporate all sorts of literacy activities at school, but reading at home reinforces the importance of the activity. Talk to her about the story and any unfamiliar words to develop her vocabulary. Ask her questions to encourage prediction and retelling. For example, ask, "What do you think will happen next?" or, "What was your favorite part of the story?" Talk about the parts of the book itself, too, such as the cover and title page.
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    Jump on natural learning opportunities when they arise, especially ideas related to literacy, math and science. Take every chance to count objects, add groups of items together, measure items and sort objects based on their characteristics. Observe science in nature. For example, look at snowflakes under a magnifying glass or pick up a small handful of snow and watch it melt in your hand.
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    Watch as your child explores her environment, whether at home or in nature. Instead of directing her exploration, let her feel it out for herself. Give her time to explore instead of rushing her through the day. For example, let her stop every few feet on a neighborhood walk to get a closer look at pinecones or rocks she sees.
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    Give your preschooler chores and responsibilities so she learns to do things on her own. As she gets closer to kindergarten, she needs to know how to work and learn independently. Trusting her with tasks at home helps her build confidence in doing things on her own.

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