As a parent, it can be easy to leave your child’s education to their teacher at school, but it can actually be quite helpful to continue teaching them when they are outside of the classroom. There isn’t a “right” way to go about this, but there are a number of helpful tips you can use to head in a positive direction. So if you want to provide your kids with additional education and experience, here are some of the things you can teach them around the home…
Teaching your kids about geography doesn’t need to be difficult – this is something you can do when you travel in the car or go on holiday. However you can also do some fun bits and pieces within the home itself, and can be as simple as colouring in. You can print out all sorts of resources about geography for children on Pencil Street, which could be a good place to start. Also remember to turn on the TV and watch the worldwide weather forecast together so your kids can get a wider understanding of where countries are based and their climates.
We all know that kids love to use “text speak” so why don’t you reinforce the correct spellings for words? Some of the classic board games can be used for this (such as Scrabble or Upwords) so it is worthwhile picking these up from a car boot sale or the local market. Alternatively, you can often find digital versions of these games on the internet, so why don’t you all play them together?
Maths comes more naturally to some children than to others, but you can reinforce what your own kids have learned at school by playing card games. Card can be used for simple arithmetic such as addition and subtraction. Your kids might be more attracted to the idea of playing these games if there is an incentive involved such as a little prize or reward.
Whilst some kids have a great musical education at school, others are not able to take part in lessons as frequently. Regardless of what the situation is at your own children’s school, you will be able to introduce some musical education to the home too. Whether you choose to buy a recorder, or make instruments yourself, but options can be a lot of fun. In addition to this, many parents like to invest in piano lessons as a tutor can often come into the family home.
It is also worthwhile remembering to teach your kids about healthy eating, especially with the amount of fast food available in this day and age. You can do this by cooking within the family home – coming up with meal ideas and getting your kids to assist in the preparation. Teach them about the different food groups and the importance of getting a certain number of portions each day, such as the five servings of fruit and vegetables guidelines.