Three Tips to Keep Your Preschooler Learning at Home During the Pandemic

By Nuria Santamaría Wolfe

The COVID pandemic caused millions of preschoolers to miss out on days, weeks, or even months of valuable learning opportunities from in-person school. If you’re one of those parents whose little one had to stay home for an extended period of time, don’t worry, there’s a lot you can do to keep your kid learning during this time.

If you’re raising bilingual kids, here are a few ideas to turn everyday moments into fun learning experiences in English and Spanish.  

Arts & Crafts: Kids love to use their hands to create. Bring out the paper, crayons, scissors and glue to work on fine motor skills with activities like coloring, tracing, cutting and glueing.  Use those moments to practice naming the colors, numbers, and shapes in English then in Spanish. Repeat the words throughout to reinforce the vocabulary. Don’t forget to proudly display their artwork around the house to build confidence and a love of art. Check out the Canticos printable activity sheets to keep your little one learning for hours. You’ll find coloring sheets, tracing sheets, and countless arts & crafts activities. 

Music: Kids learn best when they’re having fun, and music makes everything more fun. Seek out children’s music that teaches concepts like letters, numbers, and vocabulary with catchy music that kids will want to listen to again and again. Toddlers love repetition — it helps build confidence in what they’re learning and helps them retain concepts more easily. Enjoy hours of bilingual songs for kids on the Canticos YouTube channel — there’s dozens of educational videos for toddlers. You can also find Canticos music on Amazon Music, Apple Music, and Spotify.

Family Game Night: Select games and activities that are not only fun but will also give you a chance to learn together.  For example, you can incorporate puzzles with a twist. Check out these Canticos Puzzle Pairs that encourage little learners to match pieces to reinforce concepts like numbers and opposites. The puzzles are reversible so play in English on one side and then flip the pieces over to play again in Spanish. It’s an opportunity for twice the learning and twice the fun. 

So even though kids may not be able to go back to in-person learning yet, their time at home can be a great opportunity to encourage their bilingual brains to grow.  When it’s time to start in-person learning, check out our tips for preparing for the return to the classroom.

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