I hope the dust has settled a little with regards to finding our new normal at home with the kids. We have now taken on the role of primary school or secondary school teachers and for some this can feel slightly overwhelming, particularly when you get that call from the teacher asking how your child has been getting on with their homework – Have they got access to all online resources?
But I don’t want to recreate school at home. I want my child to learn through play.
If you’re anything like me and want to your child to remember this time in quarantine as a fun and playful experience. At the same time you don’t want your child to go back to school once the schools are open and realise they’ve fallen behind.
So for that reason I’ve created a few simple and Montessori inspired learning style exercises for children to enjoy. I do a lot of this with my 5 year old and it helps with minimising screen time during this quarantine home education period.
On each activity sheet I’ve put little boxes as a point of reference for parents. This enables you to be able to see what developmental areas each activity covers. Helping you to understand how these work sheets will be supporting your child’s learning.
The five main areas of your child’s development
- Cognitive Development (learning to solve problems and critical thinking)
- Social and Emotional Development
- Speech and Language Development
- Fine Motor Skills Development
- Gross Motor Skills Development
There are 7 different areas of learning and development in EYFS
- Communication and Language Development
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
- Literacy Development
- Understanding The World
- Expressive Arts and Design
It’s important to have an awareness of these areas of learning and your child’s areas of development. At home there’s a lot you are already doing to meet your child’s developmental needs. Don’t undervalue or dismiss that. You got this mama!
I hope these simple and fun activities can help engage your little one in some informal and playful learning at home.
Click on the links below to access free quarantine home education printable matching exercises.