1. Create a physical space
This space should be a place in your home where you can connect with your child. An ideal space should have no visual distractions like a TV nearby that is on, or be in your main living area where the family gathers. You need to have physical space for you both to be able to sit down together comfortably, either on chairs or on the floor. In the space have it equipped with simple stationary, pencils, etc so that you do not need to leave the area more than required, as this can cause a loss of focus off the task, and distractions quickly tend to creep in.
2. Create space in time
If you cannot stick to a set time each day then when you are going to work with your child, announce that we are going to have some Get Ready For School time, also, tell them when this learning time will finish.
How you value and place importance on the learning time that you have together, will impact your child. Research strongly suggests parental attitudes towards learning and education are transferable. It is important therefore, to hold and or develop the belief that learning is important and the time spent on learning at home is important.
If we start this conversation early, then things like homework and assignments will be less cumbersome when the child starts school.
3. Create a space on the wall
On the wall you could:
• Display photos of your child learning during this time
• Place their best work on the wall
• Display their Early Learning Chart on the wall
• If you prefer this not go on a ‘wall’, consider a pin board or a scrapbook
• Ideally you would want this wall close to the working space that you have set up