Mum Emma uses fun to teach

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations -

Emma Park has two chil­dren, Au­tumn and Eve. Au­tumn has just started school. Emma un­der­stands the ben­e­fits of in­clud­ing learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in their day to day rou­tine but also notes it is not al­ways straight­for­ward to get your child learn­ing.

She says: “Af­ter drag­ging my eldest out of bed, we gen­er­ally hurry the chil­dren along at ev­ery step of the way to get to the school gates be­fore the bell goes. In­evitably we hear the bell when around the cor­ner.

“We spend our school run dis­cussing the day ahead and what’s for lunch, which is usu­ally of most im­por­tance.

“Telling the time and check­ing the clock be­fore we leave for school, at teatime and at bed­time is a new part of our rou­tine as our daugh­ter has taken a greater in­ter­est in this. I think it’s im­por­tant to fol­low the child’s thirst for learn­ing, en­cour­age and de­velop their nat­u­ral in­trigue and de­sire in daily ac­tiv­i­ties from read­ing signs to count­ing pass­ing cars and trac­tors!

“Af­ter a long day at school it can be dif­fi­cult to en­gage in any form of learn­ing as they are tired and a lit­tle stroppy.

“So we try to make learn­ing fun, as well as ed­u­ca­tional but it can be a chal­lenge. We of­ten get the chil­dren in­volved with din­ner, hav­ing them count the veg as we chop it or hav­ing them set the ta­ble and count the cut­lery – although some­times it sounds eas­ier than it is.

“It’s good to help them learn.”

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