Preschool aged children benefit from daily exposure to foundational academic concepts. You can create a schedule that will work best for your family, but we have suggested time allotments to keep your child’s skills fresh below. Try to incorporate time for literacy, math, creativity and movement each day. Below are suggestions (no tech and online) for students to engage in learning. Time spent on activities, expectations for participation and level of adult support should be adjusted based on your child’s developmental ability.
- Choose an activity. (see below)
- Play a simple board game with your child and have them practice counting the spaces. If your child is unable to count yet, have them listen while you count.
- Engage your child in fingerplays and action rhymes that associate number concepts with concrete actions such as, “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” or “Five Green and Speckled Frogs.”
- Collect a variety of small objects from around the house (coins, dried past, paper clips) and have your child practice matching or sorting the objects by shape, size or texture. Children can also compare quantities (more/less) or make simple patterns out of the objects.
- Have your child help in the kitchen while cooking using a variety of measuring tools. Give them the vocabulary for tools (teaspoon, tablespoon, cup) and talk about which ones are bigger or smaller.
- Go on a Number Scavenger Hunt around the house and find all the objects that have numbers on them (clocks, rulers, calculators, measuring cups). Keep track of how many you find?
- Engage your child in preschool math games online at Education.com or PBSkids.org.
English Language Arts (ELA)
- Choose an activity. (see below)
- Read a story aloud to your child. Have them label pictures, anticipate what comes next and/or answer comprehension questions.
- Fill a baking sheet with a child-safe soft substance (flour, sand), draw pictures, letters or words in the substance with your finger and see if your child can guess what it is. See if they can copy your lines, curves or letters.
- Roll out long strips of playdough and have your child try to form letters with the strips. Engage your child in conversation about what sound the letters make. Can you find anything else in the house that starts with the same sound?
- Have your child listen to, recite, sing and retell fairy tales.
- Have your child draw a picture (or scribble - anything goes) then tell you what it is. Write down what they say and let them see you writing. They are learning that letters make words that have meaning!
- Choose a story on Storyline Online and listen to a famous actor read to you!
- 15-20 minutes of movement (see ideas below)
- Dance along to songs by Children’s Musician, Laurie Berkner online.
- Explore balance, strength and coordination through yoga. Visit Kids Yoga Stories to see poses online.
- Set up an outdoor obstacle course using whatever objects you can find. Have your child explore different movements by jumping, walking, running or crawling to get through the course.
- Explore movement by playing a game of Simon Says. Ex: Simone says “jump up and down, Simon says “zig-zag around”, simone says “twirl around”.
- Play a game of Freeze Dance. Turn on some music and dance while the music is playing then stop and freeze when the music stops. Model how to move your body faster to music with upbeat/fast tempos and slower to slow tempos.
Creativity & Exploration
- One choice activity (see below)
Creativity & Exploration Choices: (Science/Social Studies, Art, Music)
- Have your child explore what makes something move (push, pull, twist, roll, throw) using rolling toy vehicles or balls on a variety of surfaces and inclines.
- Have your child explore the concept of balance using blocks of any kind or the games Jenga or Tumple.
- Take a nature walk with your child and see how many signs of spring you can find. Discuss what weather changes we notice when the season changes from winter to spring.
- Learn how to make a No-Cook Playdough Recipe online then provide cookie cutters, toothpicks, plastic utensils, a rolling pin and let your child create! If you don’t have a rolling pin, an empty, plastic water bottle works great.
- Gather a variety of materials (paper clippings, buttons, pieces of tinfoil, cotton balls) and have your child create a collage by gluing them onto a piece of paper. Discuss the differences in textures, shapes and sizes.
- Play music games with your child online at PBSkids.org.