Sneaky Ways To Add In Learning
Sneaking in Learning
Our students often have a negative relationship with learning. School can be incredibly hard when you’re performing two or more grade levels behind. Often their work is not a source of pride. Learning can make students with exceptionalities feel vulnerable. Most of our students do not want to learn in front of their parents or family members. For many families this is the most pressing reason they have hired my company for tutoring.
However, there are lots of ways to sneak in learning.
Grocery Shopping: Have your child guess how much the groceries will cost before you start shopping. You should guess as well. As you are putting items in the cart, round the totals for your child but have them add them in their head. If your child is closer than you are, perhaps you can reward them with a treat. This is estimating and adding practice disguised as a game. If your child is an early reader, reading labels can be great too.
Baking: This one is obvious. Math and reading dominate this task. Just reading out the instructions can help improve a child’s reading. Exposing your child to fractions, even if you do all the math work for them, is helpful. Your child benefits from your explaining how you got the answer.
Subtitles: Without any effort at all you can help improve your child’s sight and reading by just putting the subtitles on while you are watching tv or videos with them.
Handiwork around the house: Measuring, estimating, hand eye coordination, and planning are just some of the skills your child can learn following you along while you work on your home. Just like with baking, if you explain what your doing as you do it, you double the benefit for your child.
Playing Cards: I love card games. I often joke that I minored in euchre at University. Card games help develop patience, planning, math skills, visual memory and emotional regulation. More importantly, card games are great for family bonding.
Car Trips: Having your child estimate time of arrival, following a map, reading signs and spotting for certain coloured cars are just a few ways to turn a car trip into a learning experience. Any of these things can be turned into a game. For example, each family member picks a car colour (not white or black) and counts each car they see.
Learning doesn’t mean worksheets at the kitchen table. Almost all of your experiences with your child can be turned into learning opportunities.