With parents wanting to be as involved as they can in their child’s early learning, there are many ways childcare centers can forge stronger connections with parents. Engaging with their childcare center is not the only way parents can stay actively involved. Helping parents complement childcare center learning with at-home teaching will reinforce what you’re teaching while helping parents become more active in their child’s education at an early age. Home activities like science experiments and DIY art projects cultivate creativity and self-expression, and make learning fun. 

Here are five tips to provide parents for teaching at home. 

1.) Play educational games.
There are so many games available that teach children the foundations of core subjects. Board games don’t require screen time. For example, Robot Turtles teaches children age four and up the foundations of computer programming. Learning in the form of playing is not only one of the most effective ways children learn, it also allows parents to bond with their child after the school day.

2.) Practice phonics and writing.
Emphasize to parents the value of simply sounding out words with children. Pairing letter sounds with letters will prepare young minds for the exciting journey of learning to read. Having students trace over letters and doodling will build their hand-muscle strength for when it’s time to learn to write.

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3.) Get out of the house. 
Opening a child’s mind to the world around them starts with being out in the world! Express the importance of fresh air for children. Having children run around outside and explore exercises their body and their brain. Children can build coordination by riding bikes on trails or going swimming at a local pool. This enhances physical skill as well as improves social abilities and focus. Being outside allows students to shake restless energy and come back to school focused and ready.

4.) Plant a garden.
Planting a garden has surprising benefits. Childcare centers can help students germinate seeds for them to take home to their own yards. Watching plants grow not only takes patience and persistence, it relieves stress and develops analytical skills. It also helps children feel capable, which builds confidence. Enhancing a child’s self-esteem improves their ability to socialize and their motivation to reach goals. 

5.) Learn a musical instrument.
Music lessons take focus and grit. Practicing an instrument develops listening and coordination while improving math skills and reading comprehension. Music itself regulates emotions and improves sleep. Taking care of a musical instrument cultivates a sense of responsibility in children.

Parents can enrich their child’s education by supplementing what they’re learning at your childcare center. Emphasizing the importance of at-home learning to parents will ultimately build a strong foundation for children and prepare them for their academic careers.

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