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How to encourage learning at home

As parents, we all want to foster a love of learning in our children from a young age. Creating a conducive learning environment at home for a toddler can set the foundation for their future educational success. Here are some practical tips and strategies to help you design a space that nurtures curiosity, creativity, and cognitive development in your little one.

1. Access to books

Children who are exposed to books and learn to read at a young age have been shown to have a huge advantage intellectually. Introducing reading to children at a certain age can enhance their vocabulary, listening, memory, and imagination. Parents who read to their children influence their love of reading as well. By reading a diverse range of books will also introduce them to topics that will interest them later on in their learning journey such as science, history, culture, and sports.

Reading is an activity that can be done anywhere. You can read them a bedtime story before they go to bed. Have them read one book before they have screen time. Take your child to your local library where you can have access to a huge assortment of books, and also teach your child about checking out/turning in process.

2. Provide Sensory Experiences

Children will learn from their senses for the first five years of their life. The senses are touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing, balance, and body awareness. In your house, you should be able to provide a sensory-rich experience for your child. Hearing, smelling, feeling, and seeing new things will help develop your child’s senses and prepare them for future stimuli.

Activities that can provide this are gardening, puzzles and games, music/singing/dancing time, baking, and physical exercise (as simple as rolling and running around).

3. Follow a Daily Routine

Children who know what is expected out of the day feel more secure and will be more willing to learn. By giving a routine it gives the day structure and makes your child feel more in control. They will also be ready when they go to preschool and then grade school because schedule is such a big part of the education system.

You can schedule things such as clean up for their toys, meal times(breakfast and lunch), reading time, and learning time.

4. Engage in meaningful experience

Involve your child in your daily chores and tasks. Whether it’s helping with cleaning, cooking, laundry, and many other tasks this is a great way to stimulate your child while also teaching them certain things. Take for example matching socks from the laundry basket: this will teach them motor skills and also pattern recognition. These moments may seem fleeting but to a child who is experiencing new things every day it can be huge for them. 

5. Expose your children to music

Music can bring many benefits to your child and also another way to convey lessons in a fun and engaging way. Exposure to music can start right when the child is born by playing calming music with no lyrics to soothe your infant. 

Once your child starts to understand words you add in songs with simple rhymes and sentences. You can also incorporate songs into lessons you can teach your child. Music games such as freeze dance are always good to get your child up and moving. Other than just listening to music you can buy musical instruments as toys to help your child with their fine motor skills. 

Conclusion

Encouraging a nurturing and supportive environment at home for our children is not only about fostering their academic success but also about building a strong foundation of love, trust, and self-worth. As parents, our role is to be their biggest cheerleaders, guiding them through challenges with patience and celebrating their achievements, no matter how small. By creating a space where they feel safe to explore, express, and grow, we are helping them to develop into confident, resilient individuals. Let’s commit to being present, attentive, and positive, knowing that the encouragement we give today will shape the bright futures of our children tomorrow.