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April 2, 2020

Studies at Home: Exploring and Learning in the Comfort of Your Own Home

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.

Study Topic

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.

Until Monday,
Natalie Pickett

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #studiesathome to document your experience and findings throughout your investigations so everyone participating can learn from each other!

  1. I love teaching Strategies. We don’t start our remote learning until April 13th and our study was on clothes before we left. I am thinking Chicago Public Schools May not allow us to let them link to Facebook. What can I do to link this when we start. Is there another way? This is so awesome! I really want to implement this. They have a new tab where families can even post observations on teaching Strategies! I hope you are able to send me some kind of link. I want to use this

    1. Hi Stephanie!

      In addition to encouraging families to check out our Facebook page on their own, you could also share the link to our Classroom Connect page where they can download Weekly Guided Learning Plans that also include the Study Exploration. Please find the link here: https://teachingstrategies.com/classroom-connect/

      Thank you
      Teaching Strategies, LLC

  2. It’s great way to make school- home connection with out sending lots of paper at home. I really appreciate new teaching resources for our pre-k families and

    This is a great resources for pre- k families and I really appreciate school- home connection with families.We will send the resources to parents we ask them to take pictures and send it us.

  3. What do you have for two year old children .Preparing for Studies at Home for remote learning. we have already started I need help for the two year old toddlers. thank you.

    1. Hello Ali!

      Thank you for your question. At this time, the weekly guided plans will be posted in English only. We will be sure to provide updates as we continue to develop and provide educator and family resources!

    1. Hello Eva!

      Thank you for your question. At this time, the weekly guided plans will be posted in English only. We will be sure to provide updates as we continue to develop and provide educator and family resources!

    1. Hi Renee, At this time we’re only doing the clothing study. However, even if children have already investigated the topic, we’d encourage them to still join us! Many young children find comfort in repetition, and what’s more – they’ll often investigate different components and make new discoveries!

  4. Hello!
    Thank you for this amazing resource! Do you know which study you will be focusing on next? We did the clothing study already, and so I have been trying to continue our Balls Study instead. I am hoping you will be doing the insect study next, because that is what I was planning to do.

    1. Hi Suzie,

      We are still working on our plans for what’s next! I’ll be sure to pass along that feedback. Kudos to you for continuing the ball study! We certainly want you and all educators to feel empowered and supported to mirror what we’re doing for #studiesathome and to do it yourself with other topics for your children to enjoy! I also wanted to note that the study guidance is also aligned in our weekly guided learning plans, available here: http://www.teachingstrategies.com/classroom-connect – this might give you more insight into how you can continue to build on your own!

  5. As a bilingual teacher o can tell that one of the best ways for students to learn is by visuals and hands on and this action does not interferes with their language expression/they can answer in their home language to what they see or feel. I loved these simple themes like ” clothes” because the students are connected in their basic life.,everyone wears clothes etc. I really enjoy the open topics that we have to help students in their development

    1. Hi Glorivette, we completely agree! It’s why we’re so intentional in the study topics. We only select study topics that we know all children will have some familiarity with in their everyday life, regardless of background, culture, location, etc. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

  6. My families are loving the clothing study at home! Thanks so much for doing this for us so that our students can experience some continuity in their learning. Do you know what study you will be doing next? I have the opportunity to get into my classroom this week, and was hoping to grab some things that might go along with the next study…

    1. Hi Sandra! We’re so glad to hear that your families are enjoying the study at home! That greatly warms our hearts. We’ll be kicking off reduce-reuse-recycle next!

  7. I have been doing the Clothing Study online with my pre-k class. I noticed that week four has not been posted. Will that be available?

  8. I have a question. The weekly plans appear only to be in English. Is there a place to view them in Spanish? I’d hate to have to translate each day for my ELs.

    1. Hi Karen, Thanks for reaching out! The plans are only provided in English at this time. However, our Healthy-at-Home toolkit and our Family Engagement Solution, ReadyRosie, provide fully bilingual content and activities. You can learn more about ReadyRosie here: https://readyrosie.com/

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