Home Learning Environment
The home is the single most significant environmental factor in enabling children to develop the trust, attitude and skills that will help them to learn and engage positively with the world. A good home learning environment provides the love, security, stimulation, encouragement and opportunities that help children to flourish- a process that begins at birth, if not before.
What do you mean by Home Learning?
The home learning environment incorporates everything children experience at home in the context of their family and community. Try to engage in meaningful activities that encourage thinking and talking to stretch your child’s mind as part of everyday life. This can enhance children’s development significantly.
Here are some ideas;
❏ Reading, sharing books and going to the library (have you visited the toy library at St Anne’s @West Wick?)
❏ Going out on visits (see your local Children’s Centre for a variety of groups)
❏ Playing with print (letters and numbers) (perhaps add some foam letters to bath time)
❏ Singing songs and nursery rhymes (perhaps create a list with your child of songs you can sing together)
❏ Drawing and painting (making meaningful marks) and playing with friends (water and paintbrushes on a dry fence is a great fun way to make marks)
In each classroom you will find a lending library for the children. Families are encouraged to borrow a book to enjoy sharing at home before returning it to the basket the following week (or at their next session). Book reviews can also be completed to encourage further discussion around the story.
Take Home Bears
In each classroom you will find a take home bear for the children to take turns to share with their families. Benji Bear (pictured below) is our newest recruit and is excited about learning with our Little Learners on their very own adventures! Each bear has its own diary for families to record what they have been up to, this is shared at group time when the bear is returned to Nursery.
Its so wonderful to see what the children have been learning at home so be sure to share any new significant learning and events on your child’s Tapestry account for them to share with their key person.