Attending school is the most important way that children learn new social and academic skills, but there are ways that they can learn at home as well. Most of these methods are fun and will not seem like more schoolwork, which is important for getting young children to engage with them regularly. Here are four ways to help kids learn.
1. Read Regularly
Reading to your child or having them read on their own is crucial for building their vocabulary and learning about the world around them. Some of the benefits of reading include:
- Developing literacy skills
- Engaging the imagination and stimulating curiosity
- Enhancing the ability to focus, concentrate, and communicate
Read a wide variety of books containing various subject matter, making sure that the content and reading level is appropriate for the child at the time. Books are one of the least expensive and most valuable children’s learning materials out there.
2. Do Puzzles
Not only are puzzles fun, but they teach strategy, concentration, patience, shape recognition, and how to look at the whole picture. In addition to traditional table puzzles, puzzles can include 3D puzzles, the Rubik’s Cube, knob puzzles for younger toddlers, and even online games especially suited for kids.
3. Paint or Draw
Painting and drawing help kids develop artistic skills as well as feel a sense of accomplishment at the end. In addition, artistic activities help enhance fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Make sure to purchase non-toxic art supplies, and allow kids to be creative and express themselves freely with art.
4. Play Board Games
Playing age-appropriate board games helps kids develop teamwork and other social skills, and teaches them how to win or lose gracefully. Some popular board games include Monopoly, Candy Land, and Cluedo.
Engage in one or all of these fun activities to help kids learn outside of the classroom.