Simple ways to extend your child’s learning
Respond to Curiosity
Tips: Join your child in their curiosity, help your child relate their discovery to prior knowledge, ask open-ended questions, help your child find answers to their questions
Tips: Be a good listener, use interesting/rich language, talk about topics that are interesting to your child
Inspire Imaginative Play
Tips: Be a player! It might feel uncomfortable at first, but by joining your child in Imaginative play they’re learning from you how to play and learning through those experiences.
Solve Problems Together
Tips: Allow children to be part of brainstorming solutions to everyday problems –can’t reach an object, ran out of napkins, a torn page in the book, etc.
Tips: Be patient, give children time to think, use good question starters such as: -How did you figure that out?
-What does that remind you of?
-What do/did you notice?
-What part of the story was your favorite?
-Why do you think that happened?
A natural, easy way to add learning to your daily routine. For easy-to-use and easy-to-do tips and tools to use in real-time, you can download the Vroom education app, follow their Facebook page, follow their Instagram profile, or go directly to their website.
Serve and Return
Serve and return is the simple practice of noticing and responding to children’s cues. “When caregivers are sensitive and responsive to a young child’s signals and needs, they provide an environment rich in serve and return experiences. ...When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that supports the development of communication and social skills.” (developingchild.Harvard.edu)
Wyoming Early Learning Guidelines and Foundations
A resource to use as you observe your young child’s development and learning.
View current and past webinars about Early Learning. https://www.uwyo.edu/wind/echo/early-childhood/index.html