How to Teach Rooms of the House to Preschool Children
Continuing Lessons Make Learning More Effective
When you have taught the parts of the house to the children, the rooms in the house comes next. It started from the family, the members, then the parts of the house and then the rooms, so the children are slowly learning what is all about a family.
They will learn that a family needs a house to stay in. They learn about what makes up a house and now they will learn about the rooms where they move around.
Young children know some of the rooms in the house. They know that they sleep in the bed room, they eat in the dining room, and play in the playroom. But not every house has a playroom where the children can play. It is important for the young children to learn that houses are not just houses. There are also differences. But what’s important is that they will know about the most common rooms in the house.
Children are visually inclined people. They love things that they can see and touch. This is why you have to use educational materials that they can see and touch with their own hands.
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Use a Model House
There are house models that you can use in order for the little ones to appreciate more what's being said about the rooms of the house.
You can use a doll house that has the different rooms.
Different Rooms in the House
Here are the different rooms in the house.
1. Living room
2. Dining room
There’s no need to complicate things for the young children. For as long as they can name the most important parts of the house, it is better than adding so many parts and confusing them.
Uses of Each Room in the House
It is also important that the children will know the importance of each room. So you have to tell them the uses of the rooms.
Here are the rooms and the uses.
1. Living room – this room serves as an entertainment room when there are guests.
2. Dining room – this room is where the family eats together.
3. Kitchen – this room is where the food is cooked.
4. Bedroom – the bedroom is where we rest and sleep.
5. Bathroom – the bathroom is where we take a bath.
These are simple things that children need to know about the rooms in the house. Expect some children to comment on the lesson.
The reason is that, some children live in houses with a combined dining room and kitchen. It’s up to you as the teacher to explain that houses differ in some ways.
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Again, the children need more activities in order to grasp the lesson better. The more activities, the better the children will know more about what is taught to them. If you are using a residence-like learning center then you can let the children see the different rooms and show them the importance of each room.
Here are some activities to spice up learning in the young children.
Presentation of the lesson
A doll house is the best learning tool to show the children. There are doll houses that have complete rooms and you can open them up to show the different rooms inside.
If you can avail one of these doll houses, it is a very helpful tool. They can be very expensive but if you know how to shop around and buy from thrift houses, the prices are cheap. My friend found a thrift shop where she bought a good as new doll house. The children were very excited when they saw the doll house with all the furniture and dolls inside the rooms. This makes learning more effective because the children show eagerness to learn.
Question and answer
Since young children do not know yet how to write answers on the paper, you can ask them orally about the rooms of the house and let them answer.
Here are questions you can ask the children.
1. Where do you sleep?
2. Where do you take a bath?
3. Where do you eat?
4. What room will you use when you want to sleep?
5. What room will you use when you entertain your guests?
6. Do you have a play room at home?
7. Where do you play with your brothers and sisters?
Remember that children can give different answers. Some may tell you that they sleep on a couch in the living room. It is always important to answer the children properly. And by properly I mean you shouldn’t tell the children that the bedroom is where they sleep. You can say that they can sleep also in the couch or anywhere comfortable, but the room for sleeping is the bedroom. Some might also say that they eat in other rooms other than the dining room. It’s alright. The important thing is that they know the rooms and each room has its purpose.
Activity sheets are very important because this is where you can assess the development of the children. There are different activity sheets about the rooms of the house that you can give the children. This makes learning for the children better.
Paper works include copying, drawing, coloring, and matching.
Don’t set a rule for the children to follow. Be flexible and make adjustment where needed. Children are young and learning for them should be made fun.