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What parents can do to support their children’s learning?

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A child’s learning shouldn’t just start and end with the school bell. There are plenty of opportunities at home for them to learn with you, whatever age they are. However, with today’s hectic schedules it can be hard to find the time to really concentrate on it. If you need some ideas on what parents can do to support their children’s learning.

Parents are extremely important in helping a child learn and develop and teachers find that those who have the support at home tend to do better in school. With both parents at work or running between different after school activities, there’s not always the time in the day to set aside for this. Learning, though, can be fitted into all aspects of the day and it’s not just about sitting down at the table.

Before they start school

Even from a young age it’s important to help with your child’s learning and it’s at this point that you can have the greatest influence on them. In the first three years of a child’s life their brain develops at a rapid pace and parents are then the primary source of education. The relationship that you have with your pre-school child and the activities you involve them in are far more important than where they life.what parents can do to support their children's learning

You need to provide your young child with the necessary experiences and opportunities to fully develop. It’s important to encourage their communication skills by talking to them throughout the day. This can be as simple as explaining what you’re doing or making up a game. Going on visits to parks, libraries or farms also provides you with chances to talk to them, ask questions and encourage different interests.

Social development

Children need to develop socially as well, so it’s good to have a small group of friends that they meet up with regularly. This will help them when they separate from you at school, as they’ll have the confidence to go off and make their own friendship groups.

When you’re at home tell them stories or read books together to develop their literacy skills. You can also start to help with letter sounds, numbers and recognising and writing their own name. Children love creating masterpieces, so encourage them to draw, paint or do other craft activities. All these will help them when they start formal education.

As children develop

Once your child starts school it’s still important to support what they’re doing and build on their education. One of the most crucial elements is to help with their reading on a daily basis. When they’re younger they should be reading aloud, but as they develop encourage them to also read independently. You can do this in the car or while you’re making dinner, as well as at bedtime.

You need to find them a quiet area of the house to do their homework. When they first start school sit down with them and work through the different elements, but as they get older you should start to step aside and let them try and work things out themselves first. However, you should always be around if they need something explaining or a bit of assistance.mother and child girl paint on a rainy day

Make sure that you know what their current topic at school is and see how you can build this into your home life. Collect together books, watch programmes and find family days out to museums, zoos or parks that are associated with the topic. This will help them to see the fun side of learning and they’ll enjoy showing you what they’ve learnt at school.

Make maths fun

Maths is one area that can be brought into many areas of everyday life, such as shopping trips, reading a train timetable or using a recipe. Involve your child with numbers and money as much as possible, as then they’ll understand the practical side of their education and how it will help them in all areas of their life.

Outdoor activities

Encourage any outside interests that they have and see how this can be a learning experience. Go on nature walks and talk about the wildlife or flowers, buy a science book or kit and have fun conducting some experiments or see what local events and activities are available at museums and parks. Get them to write a diary about the places you visit to help build up their writing skills.

We might think that we’re too busy to help with our child’s development, but there are so many opportunities throughout the day that you can use without even thinking about it. Build on what your child enjoys doing and let them lead the activities, so it becomes a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

 

 

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Catherine Stern is a freelance writer with a background in marketing and PR. She currently writes web content on a range of subjects, from finance and business to travel and home improvements. As a working single mum of two young boys she understands the pressures that today’s working parents face and the topics they want to read about.

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