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Showing an interest and getting involved in your child’s schoolwork highlights how important it is and helps keep them on the right track while schools are closed. A child’s education shouldn’t stop just because they’re not in a typical classroom; it should continue in the form of learning activities set by the school and also by parents. Manor House School, an independent girls’ school in Surrey, offers the following tips to help you prepare a few learning activities for your child whilst they are at home, regardless of their age.
1) Bug Hunt
Since the weather is starting to brighten up, why not head outdoors and Introduce your child to the intriguing world of insects? Get online and order your child a magnifying glass and a ‘bug diary’ so that they can study the bugs in closer detail and make some notes. Ask them to consider where each type of insect can usually be found and work on their numeracy skills by asking them to count how many they can see.
2) Bake a Cake
Believe it or not, baking can be very educational for children and it’s also super fun. Ask them to calculate the measurements of each ingredient and help them understand imperial and metric units. Baking can also teach your child the importance of patience when the cake is in the oven and cooling down before decorating.
3) Creative Writing
If your child likes to read, consider encouraging them to re-write the ending of their favourite book. This shouldn’t be too tricky, as the plot and characters are already established. If they’re not up for the challenge, perhaps a simple book review might be a better option. Encourage your child to explore the different elements of the genre and what they liked or disliked about the story.
4) Grow Your Own
Another option for outdoor lovers is to grow a vegetable patch. This is a great way to teach your child about the different varieties of fruit and vegetables and encourage them to add more of this nutritious food into their diet. It’s a rewarding activity and your child is sure to enjoy watching their vegetables grow and picking them once they’re ready.
5) Bird Feeder
Invite some feathered friends to your garden by building a bird feeder with your child. This is a really quick and easy activity and there are plenty of different tutorials and step-by-step guides online. Once you’ve created your feeder, pay attention to the different species of bird that visit your garden.
These are just five of many different educational activities you can explore with your child at home. Be sure to praise your child if you notice them showing a positive attitude towards learning, as this will encourage them to continue along the same path. It’s so important as a parent to make yourself available to your youngster by getting involved with their learning. In doing so, they will know that they have your support and they can ask you any questions if they need to.Follow me on social media for more!
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