For our EYFS and Primary students:
1. Read to students every night
I'm not sure I can ever stress this enough. I've taught so many children whose first experience holding a book happened on their first day of school. They were miles behind the other students. It is a beautiful, quiet moment of imagination and fun to experience with your child. Whether it’s a bedtime story, an article in a magazine or a children’s comic, reading is the foundation of successful learning.
2. Make the every day a teachable moment
Think of how often you use maths, reading, and science concepts every day. It's there in the clouds, in the dinner bowl, in the signs, in the environment around you. Ask your children questions, answer theirs, involve them in cooking, making a shopping list on a budget, and solving problems. You will be surprised by what they can do and what they learn. Small, simple things go such a long way. We learn best by doing, and they have the highest chance of doing by experiencing life as it is.
3. Be patient and let the child do it
I know how tough this is, especially when you are in a rush, but make an effort to pause and take an extra five minutes to allow your child to do the task themselves. Let them brush their teeth, get dressed, sweep the floor, climb up and down the stairs, draw the pictures, try to read, or sound out their writing words. Empowerment is the best way to encourage a lifelong pattern of learning.
4. Be the enthusiastic learner role model
I LOVE learning, and I am sure I pass on a positive attitude to growth subconsciously to my children. Children learn by imitation. Show them how to be a good and passionate learner: be curious, patient, and optimistic; persevere through challenges and think aloud your approaches to problem-solving; get excited by your achievements.
5. Reduce screen time
We all know the dangers of too much screen time, be it the television or tablets. There's nothing wrong with it in small doses and at selected times of the week. Excessive screen time steals away moments of learning and parent interaction.