Ways to Support Your Child’s Learning
1. Fill your child’s world with reading: Demonstrate the importance of reading by filling your home with printed materials, newspapers, comics, posters, novels even placemats with words on them.
2. Encourage them to express their opinion, talk about their feelings and make simple choices: They could choose the vegetables to go with dinner, or which jumper to wear.
3. Show enthusiasm for your child’s interests and encourage them to explore subjects that fascinate them: If your child loves horses or dinosaurs offer to read them stories about their interest or challenge them to find 5 facts about them on the internet or at the library.
4. Provide them with play opportunities that support different kinds of learning styles: Toys which encourage open-ended play, such as building blocks, will develop your child’s creative expression and problem solving skills.
5. Point out the new things you learn with enthusiasm: Share with your child the different ways you find new information whether you are looking for gardening tips ion the internet or taking a course at night school.
6. Ask about their day, not just their targets and test scores: Help your child organise their day to keep control of their work, putting their lessons or thoughts on the day into their own words will help them retain what has been learned.
7. Celebrate achievements, no matter how small: If you offer positive reinforcement your child will keep learning and taking up new challenges.
8. Focus on strengths, encouraging developing talents: Your child may have skills in maths but need encouragement and practice in writing.
9. Help your child organise and take control of their day: Provide a simple calendar or wall chart to enable them to know what they require for each day, Mon=PE Kit Tues=Swimming Kit Water Bottle = every day
10. Turn everyday events and activities into learning opportunities: Encourage children to explore the world around them asking questions and making connections.