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Here are some fun activities/tips/tricks that make learning engaging, as well as, informative.

  • Set aside time to write and read short stories to each other

  • Find a board game that the whole family can play and have some fun (board games usually involve problem solving,    math, writing, and many other transferable skills).                

  • Read from a variety of sources – expose your children to different ways of writing and thinking

  • Play rhyming games – rhyming games help with improvisational skills and vocabulary.

  • Don’t limit yourself to a certain writing or vocabulary level – try new things and see what develops quicker than others.

  • Write different styles – experiment with different styles to broaden their skills.

  • Read together – dedicate time to read separate stories in the same room or the same story

  • Encourage them to explore art – different artistic expressions can go simultaneously with higher-level skills. Poetry is     relatable to writing as much as music is to math.

  • Talk to your kids. Discuss what they did that day in school, what they liked, what they didn’t.

  • Make every day activities educational – engage your child to skim the paper for things, help you make shopping lists, or dictate recipes. Little things like this build transferable skills that help in a collection of different areas.

  • Encourage their curiosity.

  • Motivate with reward, applause, or recognition.

  • Routines are good – they set boundaries, time limits, schedules, and things to look forward to.

  • Talk about word families. Point out words that are related to other words and help build an early relationship with language, logic, and deduction.

  • Listen to music. Music can train children in subconscious, subtle manners – making them more receptive to lessons they may consider boring otherwise.

  • Look up words – don’t let your children remain confused. If they come across words they don’t understand, help them look it up and work through them.

  • Share family stories and talk regularly.

  • Go on adventures. Going camping, to museums, or sporting events exposes them to a completely new world of excite to experience.

  • Play games like I-Spy, where you engage multiple senses, deduction and problem solving.

  • Help your child keep a diary. Read it through with them, as this is both a good way to learn writing skills, speaking skills, and reading skills.

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