EEC Provides Resources for Early Learning
Lesson Plans & On-line Activities Address Critical Learning Period For Children
During the very earliest days of a child’s life – from birth until they’re five – the learning that takes place will look very different from the learning done throughout the rest of their life. While learning eventually evolves into something that a child can reflect on and communicate about, early childhood learning happens in tiny baby steps (literally) that, after accumulating over time, provide the solid foundation upon which they will build the rest of their lives.
While the basics of educational activities for children may seem simple (read stories, play peek-a-boo, count everything), in order to truly pinpoint a very young child’s developmental needs, attention to detail is necessary. Using the Massachusetts Department of Early Education’s (EEC) online tool Resources for Early Learning, parents and educators can learn about the many different ways to support young children in developing skills in language, numeracy, and movement, while also teaching them how to explore, observe, and become curious about the world around them.
A helpful introduction to the site teaches users not only how to navigate the extensive resources, but about the importance of paying close attention to young children’s educational needs. Visitors to the site can learn how to best utilize the lesson plans, activity suggestions, videos, and other tools while also learning about the importance of close observation of children’s quickly developing skills.
For parents, the site is a treasure trove of carefully planned, short, and simple lessons and activities in many categories. Families can choose from age-specific learning activities in categories like science, math, language, play, reading, drawing, and writing, meaning that not only are there plenty of ideas, but parents looking for something specific can easily find something to meet their needs. Similarly, educators find a similar layout – and the lesson plans and activity suggestions created for educators are also easy to replicate at home, even without any formal training in education. Families can expand their repertoire of educational activities, and can find specific activities to do in order to support development of particular skills in their children.