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Parenting tips on how to create an ideal learning environment at home?

  • 29 June 2022

A suitable learning environment for children can be created in the house with a little bit of tinkering. It should go without saying that before any real learning can occur, children must have access to the necessities like food, shelter, healthcare, and personal hygiene.

Anyone who is reading a piece like this has undoubtedly already put a lot of time and effort into raising healthy children. Although you may already have a fantastic learning retreat at home, here are some additional suggestions and ideas.

1. Offer unwavering affection, focus, and emotional support

Children are much more likely to be motivated to learn when they feel safe and have a loving home. Children who are happy at home will acquire the self-motivation they need to learn.

2. Make Books Available to Your Child

Parents who read have a much stronger influence on their children’s future love of reading. Introduce your young child to a variety of books, including picture books, fiction, nonfiction, and reference works like dictionaries or kid-friendly encyclopedias, to provide them a wide range of experiences. 

Introduce reading as a leisure activity and not as a compulsion, so that they enjoy reading without feeling the burden to complete the task.

Reading together

3. Construct Functional Learning Spaces for Various Activities

Children are more likely to use their own, purposeful places, which increases their exposure to educational opportunities. Whether in the bedroom, playroom, living room, or even outside, try to make the cozy learning corners, where the child can dive deep into their imaginary world. You may try to create: 

  • A table set aside for art projects, complete with materials and supplies. 

  • An easel or outdoor space for messy art, such as finger painting, or painting with brushes on large sheets of paper.

  • A peaceful reading corner in the bedroom with a small bookcase and some pillows or bean bags to curl up on.

Two tiny happy girls which are drawing in the coloring book laying on the floor on the blanket and learning letters

4. Invest in Educational Toys

Plastic toys with music and flashing lights, plastic phones and tablets, etc. have their place, but they are all extremely similar, offer the same kind of stimulation, and have a finite amount of creative potential. 

Pick out the traditional toys that have been around forever as a default. Every home should include these fundamental educational toys like wooden blocks, construction toys, Lego, wooden puzzles, threading and lacing toys, educational games (including memory and matching games), board games, balls, beanbags, and so forth. This will help you to have an ideal learning environment and a play area at home.

5. Follow a Daily Routine at home

Children feel more safe and are better equipped to learn when they know what is expected of them and can anticipate how their day will proceed. For instance, a child who is allowed to watch their favourite show after breakfast for 30 minutes will cooperate better than a child who refuses to play because he wants to watch TV all day. A child who has clean-up time every day after playtime is also more likely to be tidy than a child who is constantly reminded to do so.

6. Create a Language-Rich Environment

Parents are the primary language teachers for children. Language should be abundant in your home. Have conversations with your kids throughout the day, whether it be in the shower, the kitchen, the car, or before bed. There are several opportunities for discussions in daily life- avail them.

7. Foster Independence at Home

The house should be a place of trust where your youngster feels capable and expected to complete simple (age-appropriate) duties on his own. Make your home self-sufficient for your youngster. Some instances:

  • A stool to go to the sink or basin
  • Accessible toys and equipment
  • Basic food preparation tools
  • An accessible wardrobe cupboard to get dressed

8. Engage in Meaningful Activities and Experiences

More significant experiences will be had by them as a result of your increased involvement in your daily activities. Even routine actions, like putting the laundry away, contain a wealth of unnoticed educational advantages:

  • aptitude for comparing and sorting (e.g. socks)
  • The idea of numbers (counting items, finding pairs, etc.)
  • Both fine and gross-motor skills (e.g. closing buttons or folding sheets)
  • Vocabulary and language improvement (chatting while sorting)
  • Visual awareness (different sizes, colours, patterns, etc.)
  • Sensory sensitivity (different textures and fabrics)
  • Understanding responsibility (through chores)
  • Building ties through shared time Participate in Meaningful Activities

Man and his little son doing laundry at home

Being one of the best International Schools, we at Oakridge Mohali try to provide the exceptional learning environment to your child. With state-of-the-art amenities, embedded with modern technology, lovely outdoor spaces- our students are motivated to learn and grow to the fullest.

Thoughts by:

Simranpreet Kaur

Communications Manager, Oakridge Mohali

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