It’s with both a smile on my face and tears in my eyes that I say — my daughter is beginning preschool this year. I am in complete disbelief that in just a few weeks she will be such a big girl. How’d this happen? I have been homeschooling her for the last (almost) 5 years, so I know she will begin preschool with all of the skills necessary to feel like a confident learner. Even still, it’s important for us to continue the learning process at home after school to reinforce what she is learning from her teacher. That’s why purchasing engaging educational materials, like the Disney Junior Ready for School kits available at Walmart, is important to make learning fun.
Preschool-age children are curious, inquisitive, enthusiastic bundles of energy who are so ready to absorb everything presented to them. If you plan exciting lessons, preschool-age children are always ready to learn. Here are 5 tips to make preschool learning fun:
1. Offer choices. Children want to feel like they are in charge of their learning environment. Allow them to choose learning activities that interest them. Lydia selected the Doc McStuffins Counting Learning Activity and Sofia the First Numbers Learning Activity at the store. When we play these learning games together, I let her choose her favorite activities. She was so excited to try each math game within the two kits. The Doc McStuffins kit has simpler activities while the Sofia the First kit has more advanced activities.
2. Select engaging materials. Young children may not be ready for straight-forward pencil and paper tasks. They want a variety of manipulatives that provide them with a concrete learning experience. Both the Sophia the First and Doc McStuffins math kits contained small , wipe-off cards, and writing utensils. The different materials make learning fun for young children!
3. Allow children to work together. When children work together, they practice social skills, like sharing and turn-taking, and learn that there are many different ways to view the same problem. Lydia enjoys helping her 2-year old brother Bryce who is just learning to identify numbers 1 – 10.
4. Let children make mistakes. Young children will make errors and that’s okay. If we focus on having children correct all their mistakes, they may lose interest in participating in learning activities. What I usually do is allow children to make mistakes (like my daughter writing her S backwards below) and take note of those mistakes. Later on, I can target that one specific skill in a fun way. For example “S is for Snake. Can we draw pictures of snakes? Here’s what they should look like!” while drawing a snake that is actually a properly-formed S.
5. Celebrate successes! Every new learning experience should be a time for celebration. Provide children with specific positive praise like “I love the way you solved that math problem!” or “Great job counting!” Give high-fives, tickles, and hugs to teach children to value their accomplishments.
Disney Junior Ready for Preschool kits come in all your child’s favorite characters, like Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and are available at Walmart. Starting at just $2.97, they are a great value for learning materials.
Thank you #CollectiveBias for helping my daughter Lydia (and me) get #Ready4Preschool.