Keep a well-stocked bookshelf – if your child is learning to read, try and keep your bookshelf full of fairy tales, nursery rhymes, story books, picture books, etc. For older children, keep your bookshelf stocked with novels, nonfiction books, magazines, etc.
Supply writing utensils – keep a healthy supply of pencils, pens, crayons and paper at the ready.
Give your child some desk space – where they can store pencils and paper and complete all their writing and drawing activities.
Create a quiet area – is there a space around the house where your child can do homework, read or simply spend time away from any distractions?
Develop routines – set aside a regular time and place when your child does their reading and or homework. With a set routine, your child will know when it is time to work and will get into a regular habit of doing so.
Make chores into learning experiences – setting the table, helping out in the kitchen, putting clothes on the washing line – everyday chores are opportunities to teach your child about counting, shapes, colours, new words, etc.
Encourage your child to pursue a hobby – whether it’s drawing, listening to or playing music, stamp or coin collecting – a hobby will give them something of their own to achieve independently.
Play games – like board games, chess, checkers, puzzles, card games, etc. These types of games can develop logical reasoning ability, strategic thinking, patience and many other important skills.
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