Asynchronous Learning Opportunities for Preschool
Regular schedules provide the day with a structure that orders a young child’s world. During this transition from a regular preschool day to at home learning, families may consider the following options of activities.
Preschool: What you can do at home!
Social and Emotional
- Smile and say I love you
- List all the people you love
- Tell a story about a fun family vacation/dinner/event
Do a puzzle together, option to make your own puzzle
- Invite your child to put a puzzle together on the floor.
- Ask, “what do you think this piece is showing us?” Talk about your actions as you work together.
- When it’s complete, encourage them to talk about the finished picture.
- Allow them to do the same puzzle again or if they want to do a new one.
- Option to make your own puzzle by drawing a large picture and cutting into various shapes.
What is your child learning? Your child will gain confidence and use eye-hand coordination and fine-motor skills as they work to put together a simple puzzle themselves.
(use print concepts)
Match the Pictures: Label objects at home to promote reading!
- Make labels for the materials your child uses every day, include object’s name and picture on each label.
- Use labels for toys, games, kitchen supplies, art supplies, and your child’s personal belong items.
- Affix labels to box or shelf where the object belongs.
- When your child needs to retrieve or put away materials, encourage them to find the appropriate label by looking at the picture and words.
- “It’s time to put the crayons away. Can you find the crayon box on the shelf? Look at the picture of the crayon to help you.”
- Assist your child as needed. Look for other opportunities throughout the day to point out labels and read them to your child.
What is your child learning? Providing reading labels promotes independence and responsibility. By making the labels part of their reading development, you also promote understanding of words and pictures and how they are both used to communicate.
(tells about another time or place)
“All About Me” Books: Make a book about you!
- Explain that your child will be making a book about themselves!
- Collect various materials: paper, markers, staples, hole punch, yarn, photos of your child/family, etc.
- Invite your child to look at the photos and talk about what they see (identify people, activity, or place).
- Working together, make a blank book with 2-4 pieces of white paper folder inside a piece of construction paper.
- Bind the book with staples along the fold, or with a hole punch and yarn.
- Ask your child to choose which pictures to include and let them glue.
- After the pictures are glues in the book, prompt your child to describe them. “What were you doing that day?”, “Who was with us at the zoo?” Write their words under the pictures in the book.
- Invite your child to look at the book with you as you read their words back to them. This page says, “I went to see the parade with my Nana”, “My ice cream dripped on my face”.
- Encourage your child to make books about subjects that interest them (e.g., dinosaurs, garbage trucks, baby animals). Take pictures or add their own illustrations to the book.
What is your child learning? Engaging your child in book-related activities encourages literacy development. Even before they can read, your child may enjoy creating books and pretending to read them. Making books about themselves gives your child and opportunity to think about what makes them unique and highlight important events in their life.
(demonstrates traveling skills)
ABC Song: Have an ABC dance party!
- Before beginning, think about different ways your child could move and sing the ABC song.
- Invite your child to sing the ABC song in various ways: loudly, in a whisper, in a high voice, in a low voice, etc.
- Engage them to move in a variety of ways as they sing: while tiptoeing, stomping, clapping, etc. “Can you sing the song and stomp your feet as you sing?” “Let’s see if you can sign it loudly while you stomp!”
- Observe how much of the song your child can sing and sing along, too!
- Invite your child to march along to the ABCs as you transition to the next part of your day. For example, while they sing the ABCs they could march to the kitchen for lunch or towards the door to get their coat.
What is your child learning? Children love to sing and move in various ways, and some learn best through music and movement. Signing the ABCs in a variety of ways will help your child become more familiar with the alphabet and enjoy learning it.