Mum Emma uses fun to teach
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.”