6 Mom-Tested Tips For Creating An Effective Learning Routine For Preschoolers

Here’s how you can make online learning fun and exciting again!

After months of continuous e-learning and staying at home 24/7, it’s no surprise to see young children beginning to exhibit signs of restlessness and boredom. And when kids act up, it tends to test our patience.

As parents, we have to remember that kids are naturally curious and active. They prefer playing with friends than sitting in front of a screen, unmoving, for hours. So, it’s up to us to create an engaging and stimulating environment at home to make e-learning fun and exciting again.

Smart Parenting Mom Network members Cherrie Magbanua and Karen Ayala recently went on Facebook Live, presented by Samsung and in partnership with Smart Parenting, to discuss and share ideas on structuring a parent’s and their preschooler’s day to ultimately make e-learning engaging for everyone involved.

Keep reading to learn Cherrie’s and Karen’s tips for creating effective learning routines for preschoolers that you, too, can apply to your own household.

Involve your child in creating the learning schedule

Karen, mom to two kids ages 3 and 6, emphasizes the importance of the parent and the child collaborating to create a routine and make it work.

She explains: “Routines will not work [as effectively] if I demanded from [my kids]. It has to be a partnership between my kids and me. They have to approve the routine that we do. Even the time that we have to wake up, in-approve nila ‘yun.”

Karen lets her children write the schedule themselves — her younger daughter even draws icons instead of jotting words, such as a bed, to represent bedtime. Then, they post it somewhere everyone can see, so they know what to expect and do at certain times of the day.

However, having a set schedule is not the endpoint. Cherrie, mom to a 3-year-old girl, says plans need to be followed consistently. Stick to the routine to allow the kids to develop trust and confidence in the process.

Samsung’s range of Galaxy Tabs, namely the Galaxy Tab A7, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, and Galaxy Tab S7 & S7+, allows parents to set schedules for their toddlers through setting alarms on their calendars or simply by taking note of their schedules on the Samsung Notes app.

Be specific about your objectives

Even a simple lesson plan needs to have concrete objectives, as these guide parents on how to approach their preschoolers’ education. Start by writing down what you want your kids to learn for every lesson. Doing so helps make a lesson plan not too taxing, even if you are not an educator yourself.

Cherrie, an early childhood teacher, also advises sticking to one or two objectives in lesson plans.

After setting your objectives, Cherrie recommends your lesson plan to include the following:

  • The theme and/or lesson you want to teach your kids
  • Target date of execution
  • Materials needed
  • Procedures, which include activities

Let technology help you organize

Make sure your gadget is readily accessible. Cherrie has hers saved on the Samsung Notes app in her Samsung Galaxy Tab A7.

Karen agrees with this and says aside from keeping files organized, her tablet of choice, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+, also reduces paper clutter at home. The tab comes with an S Pen, a stylus, to turn scribbled notes into texts without actually typing them out.

Identify your child’s interests

Learning is not a one-size-fits-all thing. Even if you have the same objectives as other parents, it’s essential to discover the best approach for your child.

One way to make learning more engaging for your preschooler is to anchor it on what they actually find fun. As Cherrie put it, “Hanapin ang kanilang kiliti!”

Karen agrees, sharing: “I want [my daughter] to practice writing, but she doesn’t want to [do it]. She’ll only practice writing when the teacher says to write something during class.

“So what I did was — kasi she’s obsessed with (Korean boy band) BTS — every day, I’ll have her write a part of the lyrics in a BTS song. So sobrang saya niya.”

“It’s really about finding what your kids like, and inserting the lesson, inserting the type of activity that you wanna do with them,” Karen adds.

Evaluate your methods regularly

A simple evaluation after every learning session with the kids goes a long way. According to Cherrie, you can ask yourself things are along the lines of: “‘Yung ginawa ba nating activity sa kanila, nag-work? Nag-respond ba sila? Na-meet ba natin ‘yung objective? Na-build ba nila ‘yung confidence nila?”

Both Cherrie and Karen note that parents should not automatically assume a particular practice is ineffective because it isn’t working. Instead, you should take the time to identify the nitty-gritty of why it did not work in the first place and then come up with workarounds as needed.

“We always just end with, ‘Ayaw niya ‘to, kaya it doesn’t matter [anymore].’ [But] maybe we shouldn’t stop there,” Karen says.

Use a variety of learning tools

Lastly, parents don’t have to choose just one medium for learning. Kids can now maximize traditional worksheets alongside digital tools.

Karen says screen time isn’t necessarily wrong as long it’s part of learning and as long as you exercise your authority on what they can or cannot do with their gadgets. In this regard, the mom says she found a reliable partner in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+.

For starters, the tablet’s S Pen mimics the feeling of writing with a pencil, so she’s not worried that her kids will not be able to develop fine motor skills that naturally come with writing on paper.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ also lets Karen control her children’s screen time with the Parental Controls feature, which the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 and the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite also have, to dictate how long they can use the tablet.

Karen and Cherrie both love the Samsung Galaxy Tabs’ the Samsung Kids feature, too, as its range of kid-friendly apps is excellent for blending learning and entertainment. This feature makes the tablets appropriate for children because once it’s up on the screen, the kids cannot access anything outside Samsung Kids.

Watch the full episode of the Facebook Live, “How to Keep E-Learning Fun And Engaging For Your Preschooler,” below, for more helpful tips from Cherrie and Karen on navigating e-learning.

Supplementing preschoolers’ e-learning does not come easy for everyone, but it looks like it’s going to be how the kids will be learning for a while. Therefore, it’s important for parents to continuously find ways to make it fun, engaging, and genuinely educational.

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