When it was time for me to return to work after having my oldest child, I was grateful to find an amazing childcare facility for them to go to. However, I quickly learned that childcare is not just about dropping off your kids and picking them up at the end of the day. To make childcare education effective, you need to help those workers teach your kids. So, that's my blog is all about. I want to help parents who are using childcare for the first time to get your kids into a learning frame of mind. From flash cards to building blocks, there is plenty you can do at home to encourage your kid to learn, and that means when they go to the childcare facility each day, the eagerness to learn continues.
Basic counting skills are one of the most important lessons that your child can learn while in early care or preschool. These counting skills enable your child to develop foundational math skills and to have a better understanding of their environment.
Children will heavily rely on their counting skills as a foundation for learning more in school, and for relating with their peers and surroundings. So how can you know if your child is learning how to count the right way?
Look into their learning activities while in school
Family day care centres and preschool are the most important institutions for your child to learn how to count. They are typically designed to inspire your child's imagination and to hone their basic counting skills. In most cases, your child will be exposed to games, group activities, and actual lessons that teach them how to count.
The lessons should include interactive techniques such as having them count toys, books, or other objects that they can relate to. They should also be encouraged to work in groups so they can collaborate with others as they learn. You should check to see if your child's teachers are closely observing their strengths and weaknesses in counting so they can inform you and work towards fixing your child's challenges.
You should also analyse your child's lesson plans to find out the targets that teachers have set for children moving forward. An easy way to do this is to not only communicate with teachers, but also to check your child's homework regularly to see what they have been assigned.
Determine if your child is practicing what they learn
As a parent, you want a situation where your child is putting to practice everything that they learn in school. In terms of basic counting skills, there are several ways through which you can determine if your child is growing from their lessons in early care/school.
First, check is your child is curious about their environment and is seeking out objects to count. Your child should be excited about their new skills and should be looking to count (at least from 1-5) a wide variety of objects while at home. For example, they should be excited to show you how they can count utensils in the kitchen or books in the home.
You can also play a role in helping your child learn how to count
Aside from teachers at the care centre, you also play an important role in helping your child learn how to count. Talk to them about how important counting is, and introduce new items (such as plastic bottles, new toys, and even puzzles) that can make them more excited about counting.Share