Saturday, October 26, 2019

Supporting Preschool Children (0-4) at Home in Literacy, Maths & Technology Education

Readers of this blog might know that I co-wrote an online preschool support program for parents of children 0-4 years that was released in 2018. The Australian Literacy Educators Association has just uploaded the latest modules in this free online program. No catch, just free support and practical ideas for new parents not sure how to help their children to learn. This support program started out with my co-author Anita Ayre (my co-author) preparing activities for her daughter to support her first child (Anita's grandchild). I was asked to partner with her to develop this online program for parents and grandparents. 

The online resource program is available FREE via the 'Australian Literacy Educators Association' website. The resource is called 'Little People's Literacy Learning: A guide for engaging parents and carers'. It offers practical help for parents and carers of children aged 0-5. And again, it's FREE! You don't need to be a member of ALEA to access to the resource is open to all.

This FREE online guide was launched in 2017 for parents and carers comes with hundreds of activities that you can enjoy with your child. Initially, there were 17 units. Now it has grown to 27 with new modules on 'Maths', 'Maths Language', 'Technology Use', 'Measurement', 'Space' and 'Pattern' just released. The modules will help parents to use simple activities as part of life. Some are incidental and others have some limited planning required. But all you need to know is explained in the modules. All activities are designed with an emphasis on learning through collaborative play and shared discovery. Why are so many of the recent modules related to maths? Because language and literacy have many important relationships to these topics.

Anita and I are experienced teachers, parents, and also (these days) active grandparents who love spending quality time with our grandchildren. In this resource, we offer a wealth of suggestions and hints for parents and carers who want to engage with their children in language, literacy learning and mathematics activities. Technology is also linked to many of these topics as well as now having a separate module. All activities are designed with an emphasis on learning through collaborative play and shared discovery. They can all be incorporated into daily life with very little (or often no) preparation! We offer hundreds of integrated examples throughout, including how new technology and multimedia can also enrich the learning experiences of your child with the same richness as other non-technology applications. You'll also find some advice on how to monitor and control screen time.

The resource contains practical and VERY doable common sense activities. You will find it HERE.


Kathy Cobb said...

What a fabulous resource for parents, grandparents, and caregivers! As teachers we often take for granted that everyone knows how to support children’s literacy development. Of course, they want the best for the little ones they love, they just need a nudge in the right direction. The free online guide Little People’s Literacy Learning has activities that are playful and geared to learning in comfortable, practical ways. For instance, making a habit of reading aloud to your child and being sure they see you reading is important in their development of literacy.
Addressing the use of technology in ways that develop literacy are so valuable to promote intentional use rather than a babysitting type distraction. Noticing that multimedia sources for children as enriching is encouraging to family and caregivers; art, hearing stories told, and songs are all valuable forms of language and literacy.
I appreciate that math is included in the modules since it has an important relationship to literacy. Often these subjects are seen as separate and families tend to identify with being good at one or the other. The activities being simple and requiring little to no preparation makes them very accessible to busy families. Thank you for this wonderful resource. I will share it with my friends and family!

Trevor Cairney said...

Thank Kathy, glad it was helpful.