How to support your child’s learning outside the classroom
By Lauren Noakes
Published 5th October 2020
Last modified 14th October 2022
Last modified 14th October 2022
Did you know today marks World Teachers Day? It is held annually across the globe to celebrate the role that teachers play in providing quality education. So, to celebrate World Teachers Day, we’ve put together some useful ideas on how you can appreciate their work and support your child’s learning outside the classroom.
By doing so, you can help to proactively support their development and, luckily, there is a whole host of resources and activities available to assist. So, whether you are a parent or guardian, we’d like to prepare you with some of the best methods on how you can support your child’s learning – both remotely and with little expense.
Reading is a pivotal part of your child’s education. To help your child with their reading skills, make sure your home has plenty of pleasurable books for them to choose from. You could even create a cosy den to make reading a more fun experience!
Why not put aside some time each day to spend time reading with your child, this will give them a chance to explore and discuss new topics with you. And this also provides a great opportunity to keep track of all the reading they have done so they can present it to their teacher.
There are many fun learning activities which your child can do at home, such as sand and water play, writing and drawing, cooking, planting, role play, jigsaw puzzles and board games. Simple activities can allow your child to identify new skills and strengthen their creative minds.
Fun games in the house are also a great way to enhance new learning experiences, boost a child’s mood on a rainy day as well as help to create a healthier balance when it comes to virtual screen time.
Establishing a daily structure is a fundamental part of your child’s learning. It is essential that the type of routine you create within your household works for you and your child as this supports your child’s ‘body clock’ and offers a sense of security.
Why not work with your child to organise their day. By creating a schedule, your child will be prepared mentally and physically for school – allowing them to grow accustomed to the routine and reduce any feelings of stress and anxiety.
Educating your child about the importance of having a healthy diet is an important element of their development and can help to encourage a positive attitude to eating.
A well-balanced diet will ensure your child intakes all the right vitamins and nutrients to support their growth and development. Whether it’s preparing your child with nutritious snacks and a healthy drink for school to limiting any junk food, you can boost their concentration levels as well as keep their minds fuelled and hydrated.
Don’t forget to ensure your child is properly equipped with the right online resources for their homework and additional learning activities. If you have access to a computer or laptop device, there is a whole variety of free online education tools to explore. It is also beneficial to keep in regular contact with your child’s teacher or school administration for questions on what your child is learning about.
Whether your child likes working independently or with your guidance, a quiet home working space is one of the best ways to avoid your child getting distracted. It also boosts their concentration levels and helps to make their online learning experience more comfortable.
Like the saying goes, ‘Active Body, Active Mind’, it is true that exercise plays a vital role in supporting the overall health of your child, including both cognitive and emotional wellbeing.
It is important to ensure your child undertakes some form of daily physical activity, whether it is playing sports, going on walks or creating an obstacle course in the garden. An active lifestyle is one of the most effective ways to keep your child’s brain stimulated and help them to stay fit.