For a small child, it can be a little daunting going from the freedom of having no formal education to having to sit down and be educated, so here is some information you can use to help educate your child at home even before nursery school or pre-school age. It will acclimate them to the schooling process to make it easier once a formal curriculum is undertaken.
There are a few recommendations on what to teach very young children, including EYFS. Used in Britain, EYFS stands for Early Years Foundation Stage and is the syllabus taught in schools and nurseries across the UK for ages birth to five years old. The EYFS is split into 6 areas which are:
- Personal, social and emotional development – This helps children have an understanding of themselves. You can help your child develop by giving them confidence, helping them with social skills such as meeting new friends, talking to adults, encouraging them to be well-behaved and also dealing with certain difficult situations. This topic also covers personal hygiene, so teaching your child about brushing their hair, cleaning their teeth and washing their hands is part of it.
- Knowledge and understanding of the world – The world is a large subject, but some of the things covered at this stage include time, designing and making things, and community living. Before children go to school, it helps if they understand daily routines and actions such as waking up, having breakfast, playing before lunch and then going to bed at the end of the day. You can aid your child in developing an understanding of the world by helping them build structures, letting them explore the world around them and answering questions about the environment. Also, have your child explore with simple mechanisms such as buttons and lift flaps in books or toys.
- Creative development – Creative development in children can be stimulated by listening to music, singing along to the words or just dancing to a tune. Creativity can also be grown by exploring various objects in the garden, playing musical instruments and exploring different colours and toys.
- Physical development – Physical development isn’t just about exercise but also about health in general, so children need to understand about good food and drink from an early age. Each child should have a healthy diet and be educated on different types of fruit and vegetables. All children should have 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day which can include running, skipping, hopping or just playing with a football or at the local park.
- Communication, language and literacy – This covers communication, so reading to your child will help this area of development as well as having books with just pictures in and getting your child to make up their own story. Another great tip to develop your child’s skills include drawing, as even from an early age your child will enjoy to making their own art, whether they use their fingers to make marks in sand or whether they use colored pencils or pens to draw on paper, it all helps them learn.
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy – Shape sorters, abacuses and even toys can be used to help children develop their numeracy skills. Items like shape sorters stimulate your child as you explain each shape and its properties and they will also be problem solving while figuring out which shape goes in each hole.
Its never to early to start homeschooling!
About the Author:
Perl Watson is a writer based in South East England who writes for various kids website including Children Hairstyles