Continuing learning when not in the classroom for grades six through eight

There are many different activities to do around the house that promote development in learning skills.

Even when children are not in school, they can continue their development in learning skills. Parents are their children first teacher. There are many ways we can incorporate learning through our daily activities and routines.

Michigan State University Extension encourages reading skills in your child’s own world. When you read the newspaper, get them interested in the different sections. Start by having them look up the section that they are interested in first, like the sports section. Move on to articles about your city, state, country and world events. Then move on to the weather section and have them track the week’s projections. Get your child familiar with the classified section and talk about the pet, jobs, cars and homes sales. Discuss how we can use these sections in our own lives when we need something. Have children follow one news topic and have them research information about the topic using the paper, TV, radio or the internet and have a discussion with the whole about that topic.

We can continue to work on writing skills in a fun and entertaining way. We can hang a blank paper on the fridge with each family members name on it. Throughout the week, have everyone write or draw three positive things about each person. At the end of the week, everyone can sit down together and discuss all the positive comments. Have your child study advertisements in the paper and on TV. Have them study the advertisements,  discuss what the picture or words are saying about the product, and have a discussion about whether it is the message is true or what ways they are using the advertisement just to sell the product. This activity will also encourage children to use their own mind when making purchases.

When learning math skills, we need to make it fun and realistic.  Write down the monthly expenses that it takes to run a household. Write down each expense like, lights, water, heat, cable or phone, house, car payment, and food.  Leave the payment blank and have your child fill in the blank space in each area. After they have filled in each space, write down the real or estimated cost, and continue the conversation on how much it takes to run a household. Talk with your child about living within your means and the difference between wants and needs. This is a great time to talk about how to budget and save their own money.

We can always incorporate social studies in their everyday activities. When we meet someone from another country new to our neighborhood or school, introduce yourself and get to know them by learning more about their country and customs. Use the library, internet or TV programs to increase your knowledge. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; most people find it very flattering that you are asking and love to talk about their nationality. I know I do when others ask me about mine.

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