Pint-Sized Prodigy: 6 Tips For Promoting Educational Development in Children

 

Your child will learn from a variety of people throughout their life.

As the parent, you will be the first and most influential teacher that they have. It’s therefore important that you set them up to learn both at home with you, and from a good early childhood teacher, when they first start going to school.

By giving your child the opportunity to not just learn, but enjoy learning, you help put them on the path to educational success for a lifetime.

 

Create a routine

A good place to start promoting educational development is by setting up a routine.

The more your child is used to learning and exploring in their everyday lives, the easier it will be for them to continue doing so through their entire school careers.

A good routine would include regular reading, minimal screen time and incorporating learning games into everyday play. By normalizing things like reading, basic maths and experiments and encouraging educational activities over video games and tv, your child will be more confident with learning.

 

Explore their questions

Children are naturally inquisitive, as they are constantly learning new things about the world around them. When you encourage them to explore their questions to figure out the answers, you are encouraging them to think scientifically.

When your child asks you a question, instead of just telling them the answer, suggest that you figure it out together. You can go to the library to look for a children’s book on the topic, search the internet together or do a fun and easy at home science experiment!

 

Everyday learning experiences

Exploring the answers to their questions isn’t the only way to create every day learning experiences for your child. There are a variety of games and techniques you can use to help your child love learning.

Have your child use various household objects, such as apples or toy blocks, to measure things. This is a hands on way that they can learn basic math skills such as counting and measurement.

As your child get’s a little older and starts school, support what they learn in school with related learning games at home.

 

Reading

Even before your child learns to read for themselves, you can get them interested in reading by reading to them regularly. Introduce your child to the library to encourage them to explore exciting stories in whatever genre they like so they will be motivated to read when they learn for themselves.

Start reading to them early and make it part of your routine. Read during the day or at night instead of watching tv. As they learn to read for themselves, you can share the reading duties until they get the hang of it.

 

Homework

Another thing that should be added to your child’s routine is homework time.

Set aside a certain time period every night that your child sits down to study and do their homework. Investing this time at early stage pays dividends for future homework sessions, when the workload gets a little more demanding.

You can help acclimate them to this schedule early by having a certain time of the evening that you play a learning game with them. This way, by the time they are getting homework from school, they will already know that time is set aside for learning.

 

Get involved at school

Parents have to juggle a lot, often both raising a child and working.

If possible, try to make time to get involved at your child’s school. Volunteer to help at events or chaperone a field trip. Even if you don’t have much time to commit, try to at least set aside time to meet with your child’s teacher and some other parents once in awhile so you know what’s going on and how your child is doing.

Every parent wants their child to do the best they can in school.

Learning and education starts at home with you as their teacher. Make sure that your child’s first experiences with learning are positive and impactful, so that they will love learning as they get older.

 

 

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