There are opportunities all over the place to help your kids connect the things they learn in school to the real world. Whether your kids are attending a public school or they’re homeschooling, one of the greatest things you can do as a parent is to help them see how the things they learn apply to everyday life.
-Prices are a great way to apply decimals, as well as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
-Have them help you make grocery or to-do lists to practice handwriting or cursive.
-Read newspaper articles with them and ask them questions about the content to help them gain comprehension. If you start reading classics with them early, it helps them develop an appreciation of literature. Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Shakespeare’s sonnets have great rhythm that spoken in a soothing voice helps infants fall asleep. Very small to elementary age children can appreciate Rudyard Kiplings Just So Stories, as well as Margery Williams “The Velveteen Rabbit”, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “Secret Garden”, or “A Little Princess”. Jack London’s “White Fang”, “Heidi” by Sarah Stephen and “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maude Montgomery also make great investments. Once they start reading themselves, The Box Car Children series, the Nancy Drew Mysteries series, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Time Quartet (or the Wrinkle in Time Series) are great for strengthening their reading base. As they grow you can tailor their reading to their own tastes.
-Baking with you helps them to learn about fractions, multiplication (for doubling or tripling a recipe) as well as some great practical skills for life.
-Learn about aerodynamics and trajectories and the math around them by building model rockets with your kids.
There are lots of activities that help reinforce the things they learn in school or just help instill in them a love of learning at all and make it practical rather than abstract. If you take an active role in your kids education and help them apply it elsewhere, they’ll gain a much better understanding of the concepts they learn and become much more proficient in them.
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