I started this post by calling it studying at home with your kids but then changed the title to learning at home with your kids. The word learning implies growth and absorbing content with the intent to grow and understanding vs studying in my mind imparts the act of following a set course of study without actually understanding the content.
There are a couple of parents that I know of that send their kids to additional tutoring at a very young age such as in Kindergarten. I have nothing against the thought of sending kids to a tutor or to a franchises such as Kumon, but is it necessary at such a young age?
The idea of going to Kumon is to create a habit of studying outside of class and to complete set worksheets. Why can’t we as parents as part of the conscious parenting spend a few minutes every day learning with our kids in a structured manner. What it does is:
a. Creates a bond with the parent and child
b. Makes learning fun
I must admit I am not perfect and do not do this every day, but am inching towards creating a habit of reading and going through worksheets with my daughter.
There are a couple of ways that you can get a jump start and create a habit to start learning with your kids:
- Develop a set schedule every Sunday of what you will be covering at home with your child for that week. For instance, if you know that you will be covering Math on Monday, Reading on Tuesday etc, print out some worksheets and put them in a weekly folder.
- Set aside may 10 minutes at the beginning and stick to a set time say 6pm before bath each evening to go through the worksheets. What this does is that it helps create a habit for you and your child.
- Set the alarm on your phone as reminder.
- Put aside your devices and give 100% of your attention to your child.
Steps 1-4 are not as easy, but by slowly implementing this habit it will work wonders in bonding with your child and in the improvement of your child’s reading, writing and math abilities.