From a very young age we have introduced education to the children. Just simple things at the start like how to hold a crayon to how to hold a pencil correctly. It really does help a lot when you get them ready for school.

We spent a long time getting our two ready and prepared for school. There are loads of things that can be done. Here are a variety of the things we have tried and would like to try.

Reading at home 

This helps so much to get them ready for school, it’s god to start with having a regular reading routine. I love to get them interested in books and make going to the library or to buy a book a big thing. Learning the phonics and sounds is a massive part of this too. We used to use any opportunity to do this, like saying the alphabet on the bus, learning in the bath with foam letters. We then moved on to flash cards and forming words.

Counting and number skills

We have been identifying numbers from a young age too and ensuring the little ones could count and recognise numbers. We found the learning books you can buy fab. Starting off with simple sums and then move on to more complex ones. Again this was something we could practice out and about and on the go.

Getting a tutor 

This is something I will definitely be considering in the future as I think it is a great way to help them succeed at school. There are so many benefits to this such as reinforcing learning and going over anything they have been struggling with or need extra practice. There are loads of good, high quality tutors available online such as Tavistock Tutors English tutoring for you to choose from.

What we say and do in our daily lives can help our children to develop positive attitudes toward school and learning and to build confidence in themselves as learners. Showing our children that we both value education and use it in our daily lives ourselves provides them with powerful models and contributes greatly to their success in school.

Encourage active learning outside of school 

Children need active learning as well as quiet learning such as reading and doing homework. Active learning involves asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests. Active learning also can take place when your child plays sports, spends time with friends, acts in a school play, plays a musical instrument or visits museums and the library. I find these so important for the whole development of a child.

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