Young children go to school only for a few hours. They spend the rest of the time at home. Parents can utilise the time their children spend at home to engage in some fun activities to help them learn more. After all, it is a proven and accepted fact that children start doing better in academics when parents involve themselves in their child’s education.
Here are a few fun activities that you can do with your preschooler to encourage her to learn and develop an interest in academics.
Make reading fun
Teaching your child how to read is very important as reading plays a critical role in absorbing and assimilating information. Some of the ways you can encourage your child to learn to read are:
- Give him a few old magazines and ask him to circle all the occurrences of any one letter of the alphabet on each page.
- If you have an old mobile phone or a camera, you can ask him to click pictures of household items starting with the different letters of the alphabet.
- Give him the pictures of the letters of the alphabet and ask him to stick them in the correct sequence in a notebook and then read aloud the same.
- To teach phonics, give him worksheets that show how to blend consonants and pronounce various words.
Practise writing lessons
Developing the ability to write helps us communicate our thoughts and ideas in a more detailed manner. The following activities will make learning to write an enjoyable activity:
- Spread some sand in a tray and ask your child to trace the letters of the alphabet.
- Form the outline of the letters of the alphabet using dots and ask your child to connect the dots and form the letters.
- Encourage her to write on birthday cards or prepare a brief thank you note.
- Give her crayons to colour letters on worksheets or ask her to draw letters of different colours using the crayons.
- Make her write the list of the groceries you need to buy.
Count the numbers
Almost everything in our lives is connected to numbers. Here are some simple tips to teach numbers to your child:
- Start at the dining table by asking your child to count the different food items on his plate as well as on the table.
- Sing number rhymes together like “Ten green bottles” or “One, two, buckle my shoe” or “Three blind mice”.
- Give your child some old magazines. Ask him to flip through the pages and circle the page numbers.
- Children love to speak on the phone. Teach your child important phone numbers to use during emergency.
- Give him chart paper and crayons and ask him to prepare a number chart using different colours.
- When you go to the store, ask your child to read the labels and explain to him about weights and prices.
Have fun with colours
The world is a colourful place and knowledge of colours is essential for a child to understand his surroundings in a better way. Some fun ways to learn about colours are:
- Ask your child to point to objects of different colours and say aloud what colour they are.
- Make her go around the house and find out items of the same colour.
- While eating, ask her to name the colour of each food item.
- Make her group her dresses according to their colours.
- Have your child draw her favourite picture and colour it.
Listen to music
Every child loves to listen to music and hum their favourite tunes. Sing along with your child or play his favourite rhymes or songs on the music system.
Explain the working of gadgets
While working around the house, call over your child and tell her how the pressure cooker works or why we boil water before drinking or how the refrigerator keeps things fresh. This will help her understand the how’s and why’s of things we use in our everyday lives.
It is a misconception that children can be taught only with the help of books and while seated in a chair. This article suggests only a few ideas; however, you can come with your set of innovative ones to help your child learn more.
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