Sometimes we forget the simple things in life are often the best. Lounging back and reading a book, taking the time to cook up a delicious meal or putting your phone away and taking a moment. It’s the same for children. By engaging your child in simple acts like reading and cooking, you are teaching them the basics of subjects like English and mathematics.
When we asked for some professional tips for parents looking to engage with their children in positive ways, Curtin University Head of School of Education Professor Rhonda Oliver said it’s simple: children learn by experience, by doing, and she noted the many ways you can interact with your child to help them before they start school and beyond.
It’s important to read to your child every night. That can include singing songs, telling nursery rhymes and taking the time to go to the library.
“The best thing a parent can do to their preschool child, and in fact any child up to the age of 12 and even beyond, is to read to your child,” Professor Oliver said.
“It’s the biggest predictor of academic success.”
Do things together. Engaging your child in your everyday activities teaches them about the world they live in…