This week we invite Teaching Strategies' Natalie Pickett to introduce our readers to our #StudiesatHome Facebook launch.
As a mother of three who now finds herself working from home with children, I understand the challenge of meeting professional duties while keeping your children engaged throughout the day. My colleagues and I, all former teachers, have been trying to think of meaningful ways to bring some of the laughter, learning, and hands-on investigative work that children love at school into their homes. We are thrilled to announce that we will be launching “Studies at Home” on our Facebook page! Our hope is that families will join in on the fun as we collectively look for ways to encourage children’s learning by exploring the world that exists right in their own homes.
What Are Studies?
Studies, where children learn through hands-on investigation, are the heart of The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool. They give children an opportunity to dig deeply into topics that they already have some knowledge of and interest in. Through everyday experiences and observations and by using familiar resources, children investigate a topic for a period of time (usually several weeks) to gain a deeper understanding of it as they work to find the answers to their questions.
Studies help children develop process skills by challenging them to make and test predictions, conduct research, represent their findings, and draw conclusions. As they explore, make connections, solve problems, organize information, and communicate, children develop skills that will also help them learn concepts in literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the arts.
Preparing for Studies at Home
While of course this will look a little different at home than it does in the classroom, we really believe that “Studies at Home” will be a great way for children and families to engage in hands-on learning. One of the many wonderful aspects of studies is that they use materials that are typically part of your home environment. That means you already have what you need to jump into the learning!
Starting Monday, April 6, we will post a video on our Facebook page each week day, for a total of 4 weeks, to guide you and your children through a study. Each video will offer a new question of the day to get you and your family engaged in some discussion, shared writing, and exploration together! Consider setting aside 15–20 minutes of your day to try it out. You may find that your family wants to explore even longer! Each suggested activity will ensure that you and your child have fun investigating while also building knowledge in content areas and supporting social–emotional and physical development.
The only thing you’ll want to pull together is a journal, notebook, or some pieces of paper where you can document your family’s discoveries over the next few weeks.
Our first study topic is clothes. Our study of clothes starts Monday, April 6, and will continue over the next four weeks. During this time, your child will investigate the following questions:
Week 1: What do we know about clothes? What do we want to find out?
Week 2: What are features of our clothes?
Week 3: What is special about our clothing?
Week 4: We will conclude the study with a special celebration!
I am so excited to see what discoveries will unfold during our time together. As always, our thoughts are with you and we are here to support you and your family.