MAKE LEARNING FUN! - PLAY GAMES, GIGGLE, GO TO A SHOW, SING TOGETHER, LAUGH AND KICK A BALL.
We know that learning happens EVERYWHERE - often it is about the shared experiences and conversations.
Research tells us that it is ESSENTIAL that children read every night - most importantly for fun and leisure. We suggest 5 minutes a night if you are 5 and increasing over the years.
Research also tells us that reading, writing and maths need to be modelled at home. Read, write and share maths problems with your children. This could be writing up a log sheet for work, texting (reading and writing), sending an email or reading a magazine.
Maths home learning could include basic facts (check with your teacher about which facts are stage approrpriate). Some of the best maths learning can occur when shopping or baking. Playing strategy games such as connect four, chess or chinese checkers are amazing for developing 'maths brains.'
We know that speaking, listening, reading and writing are so inter linked. Go fishing and talk about the experience using the most interesting words you can. Listen for sounds, smell the air and observe all the smaller elements - go for detail.
Reading a shared novel is a great way of connecting with your kids - discussing the social issues on the news - creating a menu and shopping list for a camping trip.