We know it can be tricky to come up with ways to engage children with learning at home, so we have compiled a list of tips and strategies to help you do just that!
Tip 1: Make it crafty:
Are your children trying to consolidate their multiplication facts? Have them create their own flash cards using glitter glue or paint. They will be more engaged and invested in learning them.
Tip 2: Make it competitive:
Turning math fact practice into a game will change your life! Again, it seems so simple, but once you engage your children’s competitive sides, you will see them become more interested in what they are working on. We like the printable board games from this site. Simply print the board game and then make question cards that relate to the learning topic.
Tip 3: Make it colourful!
It seems so simple, but using your children’s favourite colour paper for printed activities will get a much bigger reaction then plain old white paper. You can also add stickers to your children’s work or have them add stickers once they have finished. Finally, you can suggest that they draw a special picture for you on the page once they are done. Again, these are simple tricks, but believe us, they work WONDERS!
Tip 4: Set a time limit:
Children respond well to knowing how long they are expected to spend on a certain task. Some children have a hard time focusing and then end up spending more time on a task because they keep getting distracted (adults do too!). To help make good use of time, set a timer (counting down to zero) for the amount of time to be spent on a task. Then whenever they are off task, simply press pause on the timer. When they get back on task, resume the timer. Children will quickly see that if they are doing something off task it is coming out of their own time, not their learning time!
Tip 5: Make it interest-based!
Anchor charts that include children’s interests are a great reference for tricky concepts. For example, if your children are having trouble learning their digraphs (ch, th, wh, sh), spend some time getting crafty and make a poster that they can reference when they are completing work at home. Include images related to their interests to make it more relevant and memorable. For some reason, a Minecraft whale stays in mind longer than a real one!
Let us know which of these tips you used and the strategies that help engage your learners at home!