Here are some activities that make learning engaging at home.

  1. Set aside time to write short stories to each other and then read them out loud.

  2. Find a board game that the whole family can play and have some fun (board games usually involve problem solving, math, writing, and many other transferable skills).

  3. Read from a variety of sources – expose your children to different ways of writing and thinking.

  4. Play rhyming games – rhyming games help with improvisational skills and vocabulary.

  5. Don’t limit yourself to a certain writing or vocabulary level – try new things and see what develops.

  6. Write using different styles or copy the styles of writers, stories and documents you find interesting.

  7. Read together. While everyone is familiar with reading the same story as a group, dedicating time to read separate stories in the same room is a great option that can improve literacy levels. Start a reading habit!

  8. Encourage them to explore art – different artistic expressions can go simultaneously with higher-level skills. Poetry is relatable to writing as much as music is to math.

  9. Talk to your kids. Discuss what they did that day in school, what they liked, what they didn’t. Ask questions like "What made you laugh?" "What made you smile?" or "What made you proud of yourself?" to get the conversation flowing.

  10. Make everyday activities educational – ask your child to help you make shopping lists, or dictate recipes as you cook. Little things like this build transferable skills that help in different areas.

  11. Encourage their curiosity. Ask questions such as "Why do you think that is?".

  12. Motivate with reward, applause, or recognition.

  13. Routines are good – they set boundaries, time limits, schedules, and things to look forward to.

  14. Talk about word families. Point out words that are related to other words and help build an early relationship with language, logic, and deduction.

  15. Listen to music. Music can train children in subconscious, subtle manners – making them more receptive to lessons they may consider boring otherwise.

  16. Look up words – don’t let your children remain confused. If they come across words they don’t understand, help them look it up and work through them.

  17. Share family stories.

  18. Go on adventures. Going on walks or hikes can lead to new discoveries even in your own background. Try a camping, museums, or sporting event day trip. Afterward, as your child to write about their experiences or illustrate them.Play games like I-Spy, where you engage multiple senses, deduction and problem solving.

  19. Help your child keep a journal. If you want to make it a conversational journal, read it through with them and reply with your thoughts.
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