That saying ‘Everyday’s a school day’ is a fitting statement for the opportunities for learning that present themselves on a daily basis. You may have to lift the veil on the everyday activities you take for granted, but there are always avenues for learning. Whether you are running some errands, doing chores around the house or embarking on a family holiday you can create some great educational prospects.
A necessary job that can create as many avenues for learning as a standard classroom lesson. The great part is that you can tailor it to suit a range of age levels and abilities. Children are known for their lack of attention spans, who hasn’t seen a child having a wobbly in the supermarket? By including them in the family shop with a calculated role it can help them stay off the tantrum radar and give them practice for essential numeracy and literacy skills.
Bundling the whole family into the car for either a long or short haul trip can prove as tumultuous as a trip to the supermarket. However, there are ways to get children to stay focussed and avoid the terrible sibling meltdowns.
Not only is cooking with your children a great way to encourage new domestic skills, it is also a wonderful opportunity for exercising their brains – whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner find new ways to get educational in the kitchen.
The great outdoors give plenty of opportunity for learning, however gardening especially can allow for learning of numeracy, literacy, artistic and science skills. It is also a great way to enlist little helpers with your big landscaping plans.
These are only a few of the everyday activities you can use to give opportunities for learning at home. They can be fun, family-friendly and easy-going so a range of ages can be included. Why not experiment and see how many ways you can come up with.