At my house, we are on week 3 of learning at home. It’s important to keep up their skills for when they eventually go back to school. Here are some tips, from DealDash.
The majority of the country has closed schools until further notice. My children’s schools are now closed until “at least” May 4th. Some districts are sending school work through e-mail or offering online lessons. Many of them are not. So, we thought we’d take a moment to offer some advice for helping your student continue to learn while they’re stuck at home.
Writing Prompts – Good for Almost Any Age
One of the most popular ways for students to practice their writing is to offer them writing prompts. Teachers use them regularly. During the first week of the school year, it may be “Tell me what your family did this Summer.” By December, it may be “How does your family celebrate the holidays?” If you google “writing prompts” you’ll get a million ideas. Be sure to make them age-appropriate. Since you are the “teacher” now, you can customize the writing prompts to your child’s age and interests. This makes this activity good for any age from around first grade and up.
If you want to offer some independence, write down a bunch of writing prompts and let your child select which prompt they want to do. If you’re looking to add a bit more variety, don’t ask a question, but tell them a style. “Write a poem” is a good prompt. “Tell me your favorite recipe and give me directions” is another great option. It forces your child to think about their favorite food and break down the process. It involves writing, science (cooking is chemistry!) and math (measuring ingredients).
Math Memory Game
For younger students, you can create a math memory game. You can do this for addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. Try making one card say “4 + 4” and another card say “8”. You can do the same for all types of math. I love this game because it forces your student to do the math and see it in front of them anyway. It allows them to work on their memory skills as well as their math skills. If you want the game to be more sturdy you can use index cards, otherwise, you can just use regular printer paper.
Make Your Own Game
As a kid, I loved making my own board games. It’s the perfect chance to have kids work on art, grammar, math, and social skills all at once. You can provide some basic ideas, or let them make the game entirely on their own. This also builds some level of critical thinking and analysis as they have to set up a full set of rules to make sure that the game is fair. This project is great if you have more than one child at home. It can promote teamwork and sharing as they construct the game together.
Reward Good Grades With Help From DealDash
Is your child doing a good job with their lessons at home? Be sure to reward your their excellent work. Getting them a small gift can show them how proud you are of their adaptability in these tough times. DealDash has lots of things that your child would enjoy. Do they like Legos? How about stuffed animals, or even video games? DealDash has it! Click here to see some excellent ideas for gifts. Of course, DealDash is only for adults – The DealDash services are offered and may only be used by persons over the age of 18.
Thanks for Reading
Schoolwork at home can be difficult for kids (and parents!). However, it’s something that we all need to do to keep our children’s skills sharp. Use these ideas from DealDash to help you help your child.
This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Come see Dawn and her cats on Instagram. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.