There are many ways that you can incorporate learning at home by integrating some simple activities into your daily routine.
Read aloud to your child:
It's never too late to begin reading aloud to your child, bedtime can be ideal but anytime of day that you can find a quiet time to slot it in is perfect. Not only does it create bonding but also phenomic awareness. Once your chid becomes more confident in their reading abilities you can have them read aloud to you or take turns and alternate reading pages. Ask them questions along the way to stimulate comprehension.
Play board games together:
There are several board games that build reading skills and can take the stress out of learning to read. My favourites are: Scrabble Junior, Hangman (we have a magnetic version but pen and paper or a whiteboard do the trick), Boggle, Banagrams and What's Gnu.
Create a designated reading nook in your home:
This can be a tiny corner in your child's room or your iving room with a few pillows on the floor or a cozy little area that you and your child design and create together. It should be designated to a place where your child can go to and read and should ideally be quiet and peaceful. Check out my instagram page for some images of reading nook ideas.
Visit the library together:
It's fun for children to visit the library and pick out books of their own. Make it a weekly outing if you can fit it into your schedule.
You can either purchase flashcards or make them yourself or with your child. If you like, make it into an artistic endeavour. They don't have to be boring or arduous when you are using them to learn. You can get creative and come up with different games or ideas to make learning with them fun.
The possibilites are endless with a deck of cards. This is a fun way to incorporate learning math into a game with your child. One example is Math War. The player with the lowest sum wins the round and takes all the cards. Choose a target number, such as 12; the player with the sum closest to the target number wins the round. Turn over 3 cards and find the sum (this is appropriate for 1st grade and higher). I also have PDF's of other card games that I can provide for you.
Roll two dice and add the two numbers to find a sum. The sum becomes your score for that round. First player to 100 wins. This can also be done with subtraction or multiplication. Beetle A simple but creative dice game of rolling and drawing. Number of players: 2 or more. Equipment required: One 6-sided die and pencil and paper for each player. Farkle A fun and challenging dice game with multiple variations and scoring options. Number of players: Best with 3 to 8 Equipment required: Six 6-sided dice; Pencil and paper for keeping score Pig A simple dice game which in its basic form is playable with just a single die. Number of players: 2 to 10. Equipment required: One 6-sided die; Pencil and paper for scoring.
This old family favourite requires counting, reading, managing money, planning ahead and learning to work with others.
Here are some links to useful reading resources for young readers: