Parent Activities

Here are some fun activities/tips/tricks that make learning engaging, as well as informative.

  1. Set aside time to write and read short stories to each other.
  2. Find a board game that the whole family can play and enjoy (board games usually involve problem solving, math, writing, and many other transferable skills).
  3. Read from a variety of sources – expose your children to different ways of writing and thinking.
  4. Play rhyming games – rhyming games help with improvisational skills and vocabulary.
  5. Don’t limit yourself to a certain writing or vocabulary level – try new things and see what develops.
  6. Write in different styles – experiment with different styles to broaden their skills.
  7. Read together – dedicate time to read separate stories in the same room, or read the same story.
  8. Encourage them to explore art – different artistic expressions can correlate with higher-level skills. Poetry is as relatable to writing as music is to math.
  9. Talk to your kids - discuss what they did that day in school, what they liked, what they didn’t.
  10. Make every day activities educational – encourage your child to skim papers for details, help you make shopping lists, or dictate recipes. Little things like this build transferable skills that help in a collection of different areas.
  11. Encourage their curiosity.
  12. Motivate with reward, applause, or recognition.
  13. Routines are good – they set boundaries, time limits, schedules, and things to look forward to.
  14. Talk about word families - point out words that are related to other words and help build an early relationship with language, logic, and deduction.
  15. Listen to music - music can train children in subtle ways by making them more receptive to lessons they may otherwise consider boring.
  16. Look up words – don’t let your children remain confused. If they come across a word they don’t understand, help them look it up and find its meaning.
  17. Share family stories and talk regularly.
  18. Go on adventures - going camping, visiting museums, or attending sporting events exposes them to a completely new world of excitement to experience.
  19. Play games like I-Spy - engage multiple senses, deduction skills, and problem solving.
  20. Help your child keep a diary - read through it with them, as this is a good way to learn skills in writing, speaking, and reading.
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