(StatePoint) While school provides children with a wealth of knowledge, parents are often looking for ways to support a wider range of development at home.
Consider the following ideas to engage children outside the classroom.
From soccer teams to science clubs to pottery class, enrolling your children in a range of after-school activities can help you identify where their talents and interests lie. It’s also a great opportunity for kids to learn new things, build new skills and foster friendships in a less formal setting than the classroom. Check your community and school listings for opportunities, and then talk to your child about trying something brand new.
Kids love technology, so use that to your advantage to get them excited about learning. Featuring a curriculum designed by a team of educational experts, LeapStart 3D is a device for kids that can help them explore reading, counting, problem solving, creative thinking and more through fun activities with 3D-like animations that can be played again and again.
With this tool from LeapFrog, kids ages 2-7 can engage with real books, games, stories, learn-to-read activities, creative challenges, problem-solving puzzles, math mazes and more. Most activities feature two levels of difficulty so that kids can play and learn at the right level and move up when they’re ready. A library of compatible content covers over 50 key skills and more than 400 activities.
Historical Figure Day
Combine artistic creativity with educational facts and host a historical figure day. Invite your children and their friends to role play by creating costumes and dressing up as their favorite characters from the past. They can each take turns sharing interesting facts about their chosen figure. This is a great opportunity for kids to delve deeper into a subject of interest to them. Because the theme is so open-ended, kids will enjoy the opportunity to select what they spend time learning.
By supplementing your child’s classroom learning at home and after school, you can make education more fun and engaging, helping your child meet important milestones.