Pre-K Family Resources for Home Learning

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed everything we used to believe was normal. Working and learning from home are new experiences for young children and the adults who teach and live with them. This page will offer you ideas and resources to adapt to these changes and help you integrate your child’s early learning with typical family routines, relationships, and experiences. Home based learning is unique and should not try to recreate school. But elements of school may help you and your child like

  • Having a schedule and routine,

  • Clearly communicating expectations,

  • Taking needed breaks--both you and your child-- and

  • Remembering that play is the most important way young children learn.

These all help children be successful in preschool. You can provide these things at home too! The following resources are offered to support you in the coming weeks and months during the Continuity of Learning phase of school closure. These resources are grounded in the Vermont Early Learning Standards and will support you and your child’s learning at home.

The Early Education team at the VT Agency of Education prepared this document for families on PreK Learning from Home: Supplemental Resources for Families.

Vermont PBS has partnered with the Vermont Agency of Education to provide for continuity of learning for Vermont students and school communities during the COVID-19 outbreak, allowing Vermont families, teachers and students access to free educational resources via television broadcast throughout the duration of school closures.

Parenting Support during Home Learning

    • Message to Parents from Valerie Kosednar, Pre-k teacher at Putney Central School. Valerie talks from the heart about how to strike a healthy balance between parenting and supporting home learning during this time of school closure. She emphasizes having fun, not putting too much pressure on yourself or your child, and that teaching happens in short bursts around both planned and unplanned experiences during a child’s day.

    • Tips for Supporting Yourself During the Pandemic: Suggestions for taking care of yourself so you can take care of your child.

    • Caring for Preschoolers at Home: Expert guidance on maintaining structure, routines, and healthy habits for learning and growing at home.

    • Helping Your Child During the Pandemic--Children and parents may feel anxious and afraid, or unsettled due to changes in routines and being bombarded by news. The following tips offer some guidance for supporting your children at this time.

    • Help Us Have a Good Day: Positive strategies for families infographic focused on preventing challenging behaviors

    • Positive Attention: Prevent challenging behaviors by providing frequent positive attention throughout the day

    • Provide Transition Warnings: Prepare children for transitions before they happen to avoid refusals and meltdowns.

    • Positive Descriptive Feedback: Positive feedback prevents the likelihood that challenging behavior will occur

    • Setting Clear Behavior Expectations: Choose behaviors you want to see in your child, teach and review them, and provide positive feedback to increase the likelihood they will continue.

Social Emotional Learning

The most important thing to focus on right now is your child’s social and emotional well being. Social and emotional development involves several interrelated areas of development, including

Learning During Family Routines

          • Fun and Learning During Family Routines: Children are learning all the time, and everyday activities built around home routines offer some of the best learning opportunities around. They also support strong family relationships, build skills, and develop a sense of personal responsibility and independence.

          • At Home Visual Supports: Sometimes pictures work better than our spoken words to gain a child’s attention or cooperation. Here are pages of colorful drawings of basic routines and activities that can support consistent schedules and routines at home.

          • Learning 4 Kids is an online resource where parents, educators and teachers can find playful activities and ideas to do with children that will also help promote learning, development and having fun together.

Movement and Outdoor Play

Play with Math and Literacy

Preschool teachers around the country have developed menus of activities that promote early learning using materials found around the house, outdoors, or with toys and games you might have at home.