Supporting a child’s social, emotional, and academic development outside of the classroom can seem daunting and exhausting. Parenting techniques are constantly evolving, and up-and-coming toys and learning tools often feel like code for spending more money.
But bringing learning into your home does not have to be time consuming, expensive, or stressful – because children learn through play, and there are resources available to help parents and caregivers optimize learning at home. Here are a few of our favorite online portals.
In addition to online tools to support playful learning, resources are available to support your child’s social and emotional learning (SEL) at home.
Spending time with close loved ones provides a safe space to unwind, be yourself, and when things get tough – to connect with and express deep feelings and big emotions. By integrating SEL in the home, we can develop a shared sense of trust around the validity of our emotions and navigate those emotions with easy-to-use tools.
One way to incorporate SEL into your family’s everyday routine is to acknowledge, name, and respond to your emotions, also known as a Zone Check-In. Print off and hang the Zone Check-In sheet somewhere in your home to encourage daily emotional reflection!
To practice responding to your emotions, check out the Greentrike OSTI virtual zone rooms, where you’ll find videos, activities, and book recommendations specific to each zone!
Learning, play, and math meet with Finding Math from the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences! Children will practice investigating, recognizing shapes, using a chart, and abstracting with this fun, exploratory at-home activity.
Download the full PDF here.
Every year from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic and Latino Americans’ cultures, contributions, and achievements are celebrated nationwide through National Hispanic Heritage Month.
September 15 marks the anniversary of the independence of five Hispanic countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile’s independence days also fall during this month-long celebration.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated across the country with festivals, art shows, conferences, and so much more. Take time this month to explore the rich contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to make our country a stronger and more equitable place. To honor this month and champion learning, we created this list of books exploring the diversity of Hispanic heritage.