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Tips for Families Educating Young Students at Home

With our school’s recent closure many parents are looking for additional ways to keep their children engaged. Of course there are many, many apps and online resources available to you. Many are even free right now due to global school closures.  But we all know that hands-on learning is key. So how do you keep the boredom away and the mind and body unplugged? We have some great ideas using mostly what you have at home and at your fingertips.

Make something together.

Crafting teaches science, math, gross and fine motor skills and makes the most amazing memories. The ideas here are endless and priceless. With Easter coming upon us, we thought we’d share some simple crafting ideas. Egg Crate Flowers, Easter Egg Painted Rocks, 100 More Easter Ideas

Sew. For example, you can make bags for your lunch box of old kitchen towels or tablecloths or a tic tac toe board game from felt. You do not have to empty the hobby shop. A pair of scissors, paper, needle and thread and you are ready to go – and you will do far more for your children than they get out of sitting 14 days and doing similar calculations generated in an app. Here are some basic ideas for teaching kids how to sew.

Baking with children is a great way to encourage reading and calculation. When baking you practice understanding instructive text, you measure and weigh ingredients, and put it all together. You discuss the process – and you can enjoy your production together afterwards! A quick Pinterest search for “easy baking ideas for kids” will give you more ideas than anyone would need in a lifetime.

Explore together.

Take a walk outside. Whether you are near the polder, the dunes, or the beach, we are very fortunate to have some of the most beautiful nature nearby. Bring a nature book or use an app. Find five different trees and ten birds or insects. Research and discuss your findings. It sounds basic, but is more than what many kids know today. The exercise can even be done in the garden if you are unable to get to the forest. however, we recommend avoiding anywhere you aren’t able to keep a safe distance. One tip is to visit popular places early or later than most would visit.

Read a real paper book together. Talk about the content along the way. Talk about difficult words. Or just talk about what it reminds you of. Older primary students, can write a book report.

Get to know the clock on an old-fashioned, analogue watch. Lego or dice are also great math tools.

Learn through Playing Together

Creating a shop at home provides activities for several days. Clean suitable food packaging and assign prices to each. Draw bank notes and go shopping with each other. Children really enjoy this fun way to practice math and calculations.

Kids Escape Room. A kids escape room can pull together puzzles or simply questions about what they are already learning in school. You can also adapt this so that there are questions for several different ages. Let the younger children answer the questions on their level and everyone is contributing. Once complete, end it with an escape to some outside time. There are lots of ideas for questions and puzzles online or just take some questions from their school work and add them to the questions.

And of course many of us have lots of board games at home already. These games teach everything from strategy, to calculations, to reading and the best part, fun together.

Nicole GottholdTips for Families Educating Young Students at Home

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