Fun ways to continue learning with your children after school!
Hello K1-K3 families! Are you looking for fun and creative ways to continue learning outside of school hours? Here are a few easy ways to continue the education after hours when your child is home with you.
Everyday tasks are educational opportunities.
Everything can be a learning experience from bedtime storytime to playing games together. Here are a few of my favorite ways to have fun with teachable moments in your everyday life!
Baking. Figuring out a recipe for brownies means following instructions, doing things in sequence, measuring with math, using different utensils—all learning experiences.
Taking a family walk. Identify plants, cloud patterns, seek out bugs and animals, etc.
Grocery planning. Making a grocery list together, planning meals, discussing the different types of foods (how many types of apples can you find, etc.)
Make questions more than just yes or no.
When having conversations with your child(ren), ask them questions that need more than a “yes” or “no” answer.
Seek your child’s point of viewlearn their opinions,
When it makes sense, ask their advice on solving problems and they will learn how to think more efficiently.
You will have the benefit of learning how their little minds are working.
Puppets and bedtime stories can help kids express themselves!
There are many ways to work with your children at home to help them express themselves when feeling frustrated, excited, sad and all the emotions in between.
Puppets are a great way to introduce children to their emotions! Children will sometimes talk to puppets about their feelings. Puppets can also help in discussions about challenging topics, like getting to bed on time or eating their vegetables or how their day was at school.
Labeling your emotions and your child’s emotions helps a lot, so think out loud. When your child hears your thinking process, it helps them understand how to cope with frustration and solve problems.
Bedtime stories too are always a great idea! There is something magical about this end-of-the-day routine that makes it the ideal time for talking about feelings. Discuss the characters and events in the story. Ask your child to share their thoughts and feelings by asking questions: “What do you think he should do? How do you think she feels? What would you do if you were this character?”
Learning never ends. Talk to your children, talk them through their mistakes and talk about when you make mistakes and how you are going to solve them. Get their advice and show them their opinions matter. You’re doing great… keep up the great parenting!
- bedtime stories
- Carrie Joe