School isn’t the only place where children learn about the world around them – as parents we have a big role to play in teaching and guiding them. It’s important that home learning activities are fun and engaging though so they don’t feel like an extension of the classroom. To help you, here are 5 interesting educational activities you can do with your child at home from an independent school in Surrey.
You can help your child with their writing skills by coming up with a story together. You could take it in turns to write a paragraph or two, creating a blended story from both your ideas. This will allow your child to practise their handwriting skills, and use their imagination and creativity to think of characters, settings and a plot. Encourage your child to use new words to increase their vocabulary range, perhaps offering some alternatives to commonly used ones.
Conduct science experiments
You can recreate simple science experiments using many common household objects and ingredients, like making and flying a rocket or testing whether objects sink or float in water. Alternatively you could buy science experiment kits that allow children to make their own slime or design an active volcano. These activities will help your child learn in an exciting way, making it more likely they’ll absorb and retain scientific information.
Coding is becoming an increasingly important skill for children to learn in this digital world, so make use of apps and games that help your child learn to code. They could create their own app or design a robot and program it using code. If they don’t have a computer, tablet or smartphone, they can still take part in activities which teach the principles of coding, such as completing puzzles or creating instructions using a deck of cards.
As well as teaching your child things like how to bake a cake or plan and cook a meal, getting them involved in the kitchen will teach them about science and maths; they’ll learn about weighing and measuring, and about different states of matter.
Tending to a garden or vegetable patch will teach your child about concepts such as sustainability and what plants need to survive and grow. They’ll also develop more generic skills such as the ability to plan what they’re going to do and carry about tasks methodically to achieve a goal, as well as patience when they’re waiting to see the fruits of their labour.