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5 tips to keep your child entertained while learning


11_sophie_1(1).jpgLearning isn't confined to the classroom. Kids are constantly absorbing new information and can significantly benefit from parental encouragement, support and teaching at home. In fact, family learning can improve everything from reading and writing to speaking and numeracy skills, so here's how to keep your little ones entertained as you assist their development.​

Short but sweet learning sessions
Kids don't have a long attention span. They get bored easily and like to move from one thing to the other quickly, so keep your learning sessions short but sweet. Set yourself an objective, be it to sing the alphabet, count to ten or draw something beginning with P before changing activities. Not sure where to start? Online communications such as ParentMail make it easier for schools to let you know what topics your children are learning in school – which means you'll have an idea of what to help them with at home!

Use props and visual aids
If you remember dozing off as your teacher spoke you'll know that talking for a long time isn't particularly effective. Children need to be kept amused so think of interactive activities and use props and visual aids including posters, pictures, puppets, toy animals, train sets or anything else you can think of. Why not even get the kids involved by asking them to colour in the letters of the alphabet? Decorate each one with things relating to that letter and string them all up in the playroom for future use.

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Who doesn't love getting a bit messy from time-to-time? Kids enjoy getting their hands dirty so get out the pens, paper, glitter, paint and anything else you have lying around and let them go to town. There are many crafting things you can do with little ones that will not only hone their existing skills such as writing, colouring in and such like but will teach them new ones like cutting and sticking. If you've got a large family, arty activities are sure to keep your whole brood entertained and encourage sibling bonding, which (as you're probably aware) is a skill in itself.

Get out and about
Learning isn't about sticking your head in a book all day. Of course, reading is highly beneficial but it's amazing what children can learn from a day at the zoo or a trip to the park. Family days out to castles, wildlife centres, forests, museums and other places of interest will fuel their little imaginations and get them thinking about the world around them. Be prepared for lots of questions and make sure you explain everything to them clearly to help them learn. Click here to find a family day out near you and make memories to last a lifetime.

Offer rewards
Many teachers use stickers and stamps to tell children they've done a good piece of work. There's no reason you can't do this at home, so head to a stationary shop for a pack of smiley faces or 11_nurserythumbnail.jpgsimply make your own. Give your kids a reward every time they do something outstanding, learn something new, win a quiz or answer a question correctly.
You could even great a rewards chart to hang on the wall which your child can be proud of. Get it right and you could find they're eager to learn just to get a star, badge or something similar.

Make learning as fun as possible with these handy tips and raise a little bright spark.

Sophie Davidson

This article was written by freelance wrtiter Sophie Davidson, Sophie is passionate about providing engaging content and has featured ina a number of online publications.

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