@Home with Big Fat Smile
Welcome to @Home with Big Fat Smile
Big Fat Smile understands that there are many developmental benefits of play-based learning. Play enables children to develop their physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive skills.
@Home with Big Fat Smile aims to build a sense of community by helping families participate in a range of educational, fun and engaging learning experiences at home alongside your child. This will support their learning, development and well-being.
Each week, a team of educational experts will share with families a range of play-based experiences that are suitable for a home learning environment. These experiences will incorporate educational concepts such as literacy, science, maths, technology and the arts appropriate for all ages (Birth-12 years).
It is our pleasure to introduce you to @Home with Big Fat Smile, and we hope you enjoy our high quality online home learning platform.
Cognitive development describes how children process, store and use information, think, and reason. Children’s thinking processes involves higher mental processes such as memory, problem-solving, hypothesising, decision-making, and categorising. Cognitive development is important for children to understand and make sense of the world around them.
Physical development outlines how children develop their fine and gross motor skills, muscle strength, balance and coordination. Fine motor skills refers to the development of small muscles and gross motor refers to the development of large muscles in the body. The physical growth of children assists in understanding the patterns of physical development. For example, large muscles (neck, torso, legs and arms) often develop before small muscles (fingers, hands, wrists). Furthermore, children’s muscles tend to develop from head to toe and inside (torso/core strength) to outside hands/feet).
Language development refers to how children develop the ability to communicate using both speech and language. Language skills can be divided into two main types; receptive language (ability to understand words, sentences), and expressive language (produces words or ability to express themselves). Children often develop receptive language skills prior to express language skills. Language development also includes the development of phonics (how sounds are structured), semantic (how words are used to express concepts), grammar and pragmatics (rules of language).
Social development relates to how children develop the ability to interact with others, develop relationships, friendships and handle conflict with others. Social development is very closely aligned with emotional development, as children gain an understanding of who they are, what their capabilities are and how to self-regulate emotions within social situations.
Emotional development defines how children develop the ability to identify, express, manage and understand a range of emotions and feelings during various stages of their life. Emotional development is complex, as children need to learn to understand how their own feelings and responses affect not only themselves but also others around them. Children’s emotional development can be influenced by their temperament, attachments and relationships with others, and their social and cultural context.
Children need to feel connected with their peers and feel part of a child-centric community. With new social distancing and self-isolation measures, it is important children feel a sense of belonging with others their own age, due to changes in their normal everyday routines and social relationships with peers.
Our children require a positive focus, and a sense of normality to combat potential feelings of anxiety, loneliness and sense of disconnectedness. @Home Club has been created to support children’s well-being and their need for age-appropriate connections. This digital platform will enable children to share their thoughts, talents and creations with each other by the way of a virtual gallery. For example, @Home Club encourages children to submit and share a short story or poem they have written, an image of their Lego/loose parts construction, an image of their visual arts creation or a simple activity idea their peers could try for themselves at home.
With parental/carer consent, children can submit a written story/poem or an image of a project/creation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All submissions will be reviewed and published with your child’s first name, and age alongside their submitted work. Please note images containing faces of children cannot be published.