I’ve been thinking lately about education. In particular, I’ve been wondering whether my children get enough of it at school. I know what you’re thinking. Of course they do! That’s why they go there every working day. Ah, but what about at the weekends or even on holidays. We’re not that far away from spring break, and school is often completely forgotten during that time. This is a bigger issue than you might realize because the world is becoming more competitive. To get in college, kids have to excel through their entire school career. It only seems natural then to think about how we can help them along. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can help your children learn in the comfort of their home.
TV, Internet And Games
Again, I see your thoughts. There is nothing on that list that is even remotely educational. But don’t be too sure. Let’s start with TV. I know you probably find your TV is filled with endless channels of nothing but rubbish. However, if you get one of the time warner cable TV packages there are channels for children included. These aren’t just nonsense channels like Nickelodeon or Disney either. There are cable channels that provide educational topics for children eager to learn. When they’re young, it’s easy to get them to sit in front of a TV and watch whatever is on. Why not make the most of this opportunity?
Or, how about the internet. The internet gets a bad rep in the media in relation to children. Some parents wonder whether we should let kids use the internet at all. Well first of all the world is forever connected now. Internet usage is just a part of life. One that you certainly need to get used to, and it’s good to teach your children about it before they discover it for themselves. Secondly, the internet is full of educational sites that could boost your child’s learning and give them new skills.
Lastly, you should let your children play video games every so often. Video games have been linked to helping children develop problem solving skills as well as hand eye coordination.
Learning By Doing
Another option is to help your children by letting them learn from you. Depending on a child’s age there are lots of things they can learn around the house. For instance, if you show older children how to balance the bank account they can learn maths skills. They can also learn lessons that will be useful in later life. For younger children you may want to teach them culinary skills. Not only is this is life skill but it could translate into a full career one day. You’ll never know whether you have the next head chef in your household unless you give them a shot.
Alternatively, you may simply want to encourage your children to learn at home in their own way. This may be choosing a new book to read once a week or keeping a diary when they go on holiday. Both of these ideas well help your child develop literacy skills.
I hope you see now how much your child can learn at home and why it’s important to encourage this.