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It’s important that you support your children to ensure that they aren’t just limited to classroom education but that they also extend their learning to a home environment.
There are a number of ways to go about this, and every parent will have a different method. Also, remember that your child may respond better to some methods rather than others and you should ensure that you tailor your methods to meet your child’s needs.
Here are just some of the things you can do to help your child learn at home:
Encourage an atmosphere of literacy
Reading and writing are the cornerstones of any good education and a home that inspires and encourages children to enjoy reading is a great way to get them learning at home. Reading is the platform for all other subjects like science, math and history etc. So it’s important that your children get a grasp early on in their childhood.
The best thing about reading is that if your children genuinely enjoy it, they can learn while taking part in something that they truly love. Encourage your children to fall in love with books and they will be rewarded with an educational hobby for the rest of their lives.
Explore different approaches
If you want to help your child to learn at home then it’s important to try different approaches and see what works for them. If your child performs better under strict instructions or a program where they have to sit down and work for a set amount of time, then use it. However, your child may be more inclined to learn in their own time using different activities and approaches.
Try out a bunch of different approaches and see which one your child responds to best and this is the way in which you encourage them to learn at home in the most effective way.
Balance and support the work that they are doing at school
It’s essential that you reinforce what your children are working on in the classroom when they get home. Find out what they are currently learning and ask your child where they are excelling or struggling, what they really enjoy and what they don’t like so much. This is a good way to gauge what parts you need to work on with your children one they get home.
Reinforcing what your children learn at school is important, but it’s equally as important to provide balance and get them to take a break from what they are doing.
If they are learning about plants, instead of getting them to work out of their textbook – why not take them outside and plant a garden? It’s essential to keep variety in their routine to ensure that they remain interested.
Educational toys and materials
Learning doesn’t have to always come out of a textbook and this is particularly true when it comes to young children. They need constant stimulation and will respond well to a variety of educational toys and activities that will keep their attention and ensure that they have fun while learning.
Make sure that you have lots of toys to keep your child busy with while they learn, and introduce activities that are educational, as well as entertaining. The Miniland Educational Corner is a super-pack that contains everything that you could possibly need to ensure that your child has a great educational environment at home.
Have a look at our Miniland Family range for more educational toys and activities that you can do with your children at home. This time with them is not just educational, it is also enriching and provides an awesome opportunity for you to bond as a family.