How to Foster A Learning Environment at Home
Fostering a learning environment at home is simple when you allow your child to guide their learning. For us, we’ve found that if Gracie shows interest in something (the ocean, animals, vehicles), we try to capitalize on that and help it guide what we do. Here are a few ways we’ve learned work well in allowing Gracie to take the lead.
Allow Children to Guide Learning
Imagination and Learning
Another one of my favorite ways to work with children in informal learning is through imagination. Gracie’s new toy in these photos is Wonder Makers™ products. A new design system for ages 3+ that allows children to get creative through play. The product is made out of fabric, wood, rubber, and plastic elements that fit together to create different storylines unique to your child’s interests! For example, the wooden track you see in these photos can be used as a track, the pillar of a building, or cargo!
Gracie was a huge fan of trains for a while. She loves pretending that people are riding the train at the zoo like she always does! She’s also very interested in vehicles. In the picture below she lined them all up and pretended they were waiting at the car mechanic to get their oil changed! You can probably tell that she’s accompanied me on a few oil change errands in real life. I love that it translates to her play too.
I love finding games and products that further Gracie’s interests. Play is one of the easiest and most effective ways for children to understand and make sense of new information. Wonder Makers toys are a useful tool that help foster imaginary play and learning at home.
Connection and Skill Through Play
Children Learn Best When They Can Relate to Their World
I am a big believer in the term “life-long learner” and I believe there is always something new to learn! I plan to continue our current set-up of learning through language, role-playing, and using imagination as a guide for Gracie’s learning. I’m very happy with how much progress we’ve made with our first year of “learning” at home.
Order Wonder Makers™ on Prime Day
Wonder Makers™ toys are available only on Amazon.com currently for Amazon Prime members! Be sure to check out the new Wonder Makers products from Fisher-Price on Prime Day July 15th – July 16th.