At-Home Learning for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Parents have always been their kids' first teachers, and this has never been more true than over the past few weeks. Being at home with my 3-year-old has been a joy and a struggle at the same time. At first, I thought I had to have every minute of the day planned out. Then I realized we both needed a bit of a break and that scheduling the whole day was impossible. So take some deep breaths, cuddle up with your little one and try a few of these resources for toddlers and preschoolers.

While the older kids do their schoolwork, my youngest and I spend time on Khan Academy Kids. This app, which works on iOS, Android and Amazon devices, features math lessons, alphabet games and eBooks. Khan Academy also has created helpful schedules for learning and downloadable activity sheets.

The new World Book Early Learning resource offers great World Book content simplified into easy-to-use videos, books, activities and games for the youngest learners. The best part is that everything is read out loud, so kids who aren't yet reading can easily use the site.

If you're looking for a little more structure, try Play to Learn Preschool. This virtual preschool features a weekly theme with daily lesson plans that include hands-on activities, a story time and printable activity sheets.

As a children's librarian, I miss doing story time as much as I miss attending with my child. That’s why we enjoy CPL’s online story times! Keep an eye out for more videos from your favorite librarians.

Don’t forget that there are many eBooks for young children available through OverDrive and hoopla.

What resources have you been using with your toddler or preschooler?

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