Learning at home

Learning isn’t just about books and reading. Learning comes in all shapes and forms.
Be creative and support learning at home to enhance your child’s education.

1. Books are of course a great part of learning, but why not exchange books for other things reading materials.
Magazines, newspapers & audio books are great alternatives to physical books.
Ensure you make reading a part of every day life as its a great way to learn new things and expand knowledge. I’ve recently incorporated DEAR into our house hold  – drop everything and read. I model this with reading a physical book during this time. We have a range of fiction and non fiction books in our home and my 5 year old now loves reading me a bedtime story, it’s really built his confidence with reading.
2. Cooking and baking is a great fun way to learn. I’ve recently registered with Gousto which is an online meal kit retailer. They deliver a box of fresh ingredients and recipes to your door. My children have learnt so much about ingredients and meals from different cultures. They also get to learn to cook different things and understand different weights and conversions.
3. Play board games
Board games are a great way of enjoying family times whilst learning at the same time.
Reading the rules of any game is a great start to learning. Learning general knowledge through Trivial pursuit or practicing spellings and learning new words with Scrabble or words with friends are just some of the skills that board games develop.
4. Write a diary
If you’ve done something in the holidays – whether you’ve gone on holiday or an outing get your little one to write about it and then plan your next trip.  Not only are they developing writing skills it’s also a great keepsake for parents and kids.
5. Arts and crafts – get creative and get kids thinking. If you hate the mess, use your outdoor space, using chunky chalks and paint to create a crafty outdoor area.
Check out this website for creative craft making using things from around the home.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

Try out these apps and websites over the half term



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