‘Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers’
– Mahatma Gandhi
As a parent you should never forget that your child’s learning does not just start and finishes at school. Connecting what your child learns at school to their outside world is one of the best opportunities you can give them. It also helps to strengthen your relationship and can lead to a stronger bond.
It doesn’t need to be a chore or boring. Making it fun and interesting, will create not only a memorable experience, but also a valuable one.
Here are some ideas!
- Do the grocery shopping. This is an excellent way for you to help your child with their mathematics skills. Ask your child to round the prices up or down when looking in a supermarket catalogue, give them a calculator to add the prices up on your shopping list, get your child to work out a grocery ‘budget’ with you.
- Help make dinner. This is a great English, Math and Science lesson. Your child can learn how a recipe is structured, read and pronounce more difficult words, measure the ingredients and chat about proportions or why certain ingredients go together for a successful result.
- Tell a car ride story. This can involve the whole family! Story chains are when each person adds a different part to the plot after each sentence. This is a great way for your kids to use their imagination, it teaches them that a story needs an intro, complication and resolution, enhances their listening skills and even encourages cooperation.
- Become a flat pack pro. We all know how frustrating this can be, right? Asking your child to be your offsider while putting together a small piece of furniture can go a long way. They will learn how to follow instructions with pretty much no words!! It will also expand their vocabulary of specific things like tools, while teaching them how to be patient. But ultimately, this will encourage their lateral thinking, similar to solving a puzzle.
- Be the judge. This is a wonderful way to for your kids to become critical thinkers, which is now an essential skill in school. Learning how to analyse and evaluate is a big part of every subject. So, after going to a restaurant or on a holiday together, ask your child what they thought about it and get them to back up their opinion with reasons. Everyone in the family can decide if they agree or not, which can lead to a great debate!
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