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Your child’s education doesn’t end when they leave the classroom. As a parent, you can help them reach their fullest potential with a few fun activities. Brought to you by Southwest Washington Education, here are some simple ideas on how to get started.
Further Your Education
If you want to be better equipped to shape your child’s learning, it’s a good idea to further your education. Increasing your own skill sets can provide further opportunities for your child to grow. It also helps set a good example. Children learn much about their world by watching the adults around them, so consider taking an online degree program or enrolling in a class for a new certification.
Learn an Instrument
One study finds that learning a musical instrument in childhood provides profound benefits. The study found that participants who played a musical instrument had increased confidence, greater emotional growth, and higher cognitive abilities. Look for a reliable music teacher or sound studio for your child to learn in.
Kitchen Science Experiments
There are many safe science experiments you can do using items already in your kitchen. Once you’ve tackled those, look into purchasing child-safe science kits for further exploration.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
When baking soda and vinegar combine, they create a “volcanic” type of explosion. Place a couple tablespoons of baking soda into a large bowl or tall glass. Then, allow your child to add a splash of vinegar to see the reaction. You can also add food dye to baking soda. Using red dye can make the reaction appear similar to a volcano.
Food Dye and Soap
Find a wide dish with low sides and fill it with milk. Add drops of food dye throughout the dish in any way you’d like. Then, place some soap on a Q-tip or your finger. Place the soap in the container, and watch as the food dye appears to “run away” from it.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
A recent survey found that 97% of all teachers believe outdoor learning is essential in helping children reach their full potential. Try creating a scavenger hunt list for flora and fauna found in your area. Then, take the list out hiking to see how many you can find.
People who are bilingual are more employable, can travel comfortably to other countries, and are able to converse with a larger percentage of the global population. Language learning apps are great, but you can also create a game out of language learning. Create labels for things inside your home in the language you’re learning. Have the kids go around and try to pronounce each word. Then, ask them what it means. Switch it up as your children get more proficient by labeling things with a certain color or use.
The World Is a Classroom
Your child’s learning doesn’t end when they leave the classroom. Use the natural world as your classroom and help children reach their fullest potential, starting with the fun, simple activities above.