Are you concerned about your kids’ academic knowledge slipping during days off from school, or wondering how you can support your child’s learning at home? Helping your kids develop mentally, emotionally and academically in the home is just as important as teaching them good life skills. Consider working these three ideas into your usual home routine to help support your child’s intellectual development.
1. Focus on Reading and Exploring Ideas Every Day
Perhaps the single biggest change that could make a significant difference in your child’s learning at home is reading every day. By reading all sorts of books together, you can help your child learn advanced concepts, explore new ideas and expand his or her mind. As a bonus, reading can quickly become a healthy hobby for your child!
2. Attend Local Educational Institutions and Activities Together
If you live in an area with access to libraries, museums, historical societies and other types of educational institutions, consider making the time to take your child to those institutions regularly. If you don’t have those resources near you, ask whether your school offers any enriching extracurricular activities your child could enroll in. These activities could perhaps be done virtually from home, or may only be a short walk or drive from your house.
3. Set Aside Dedicated Homework Time Each Afternoon
Finally, it’s not uncommon for children to struggle with completing homework or getting up the motivation to do their homework. If this sounds like your child, it may help to set aside a dedicated time frame in which homework must be completed every afternoon. For example, if your child returns from school at 3:00 pm, you could set homework time from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Helping support kids’ learning at home may seem like no small task, but just a few easy tweaks can be a step in the right direction. Try these three ideas to help your child learn, develop and grow at home every day.