Nowadays there is so much pressure put on parents when it comes to their children’s education. How much work should you be doing with your child at home? Should you have a tutor? What can you do to help them?
You don’t have to sit down with your child and go through a boring textbook to help them learn. Learning through play is far more effective and nurturing especially when they are very young. Setting up visual learning cues around the house (we stick up numbers and words on our doors / fridge / walls with blu-tack), having a small desk area (or just an area in your house) set up with with some pencil and paper as an invitation to get creative, or just keeping a designated toy/learning materials area where they can use their imagination and focus on play, are all great ways to help them develop all sorts of skills.
Dare I say it, there are all also some excellent educational resources available online but whether you want to use those or not (depending on the age of your child) and how much screen time you want to give them is up to you. I massively reduced my children’s screen time and they don’t even use the iPad anymore (I prefer they watch something on the TV rather than staring at a small screen on their lap). However this will no doubt change as my children get older, and I also think it’s good to be aware of the importance of technology in today’s society.
Below are some links to educational websites / youtube videos / online printables that I have found hugely helpful for my children and I hope that you find them useful too.
- My Home Education / Learning Through Play YouTube videos
- Teachers pay Teachers: This is a great website full of downloadable printables for all ages. Some you have to pay for but a lot are free. I love all of Jady A’s worksheets.
- Jady A’s Channel: Home Education / Montessori Learning videos
- Interactive Toddler Learning Folder video: a homemade folder for your toddler that covers all the basic shapes, colours and numbers in an interactive way – all the links to other toddler folders are in the description box of the video.
- Worksheets: http://www.worksheetfun.com/
GREEK EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
- Gus on the Go story language app
- More coming soon…