Right now, more than ever, we need to view families as our valued partners by collaborating with them to support early learning and development. These uncertain times can feel overwhelming, but sharing clear, practical ideas can help. That’s why we’ve worked with our friends at Square Panda to curate smart ideas for supporting early learning at home.
Share this guide with teachers and families to help support early learning by:
- Using consistent language about academic learning matters
- Working on only one or two learning goals at a time
- Understanding how play is one of the most valuable learning experiences
- Connecting to reading personally instead of word calling
- Turning screen time into active and focused learning time
- Getting kids to learn in all kinds of places, like the car or the grocery store!
When to share this guide
In parent communications: When parents email or call and want to know what they could be doing at home, this guide can be a great way to provide clear ways parents can support their children.
During a staff meeting: With all the things teachers are expected to think about these days, concrete information is appreciated. Send the guide in an email before a staff meeting and ask teachers to bring additional activities families could try at home.
On social media or in a newsletter: If you’re looking for content families will appreciate, consider sharing this guide on social media or in a newsletter to distribute it to a larger audience. This can also bolster community confidence in understanding how to help.