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4 Ways to Make Car Trips With Kids Under 5 Educational

4 Ways to Make Car Trips With Kids Under 5 Educational

Are you sick of hearing ‘are we there yet?’ Or the constant nag on a car trip because someone is bored. In this article, you’ll find 4 ways to make your next car trip an enjoyable, easy and educational experience for your little person (whilst also saving your sanity).

 

 

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'Creating Space’ For Learning At Home

'Creating Space’ For Learning At Home

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

How To Be a Present Parent

How To Be a Present Parent

We are our children's first teachers and advocates. 

So many times we wonder what else is there that we could be doing to support our own child's growth and development and the truth is being present is key. We have to take time to listen to them, observe them, and celebrate their growth. 

The following link is an address by Dr. Adam Fraser who wrote the book The Third Space. His research is on transitioning from work to home, and how to be able to, in a way, let the day go, so that you can turn up and be present for your family. 

I love this video. Not just because it is entertaining (he is a great speaker), but he really speaks from the heart and provides simple steps to support this transition to being a present parent, and also being present in the workplace. 

We all want time with our families, but it is our quality time that our children crave the most. I encourage you to take some time to view his video titled: Three simple steps to not take a bad day home.

Please take time to watch the video. It is a game changer.