Parents search
Filters
Regions


Age of child

Learning in everyday life

Children learn from their family – what you do, how you speak to each other and how you treat others all influences your child’s attitude towards learning. You can build children’s confidence by being optimistic about learning yourself and teaching them to have a positive attitude. Making learning part of your everyday life, rather than something that just happens at school, helps children learn the value of working hard and having dreams.

Gardening

As well as getting outdoors together and having fun playing with mud, here are a few other examples of what they can learn:

Responsibility

For plants to grow, they need to be cared for with regular watering and getting the right amount of sunlight and warmth. Without proper care, the plants will die.

Achievement

Try growing vegetables. Being able to eat what they’ve grown not only gives children confidence in their skills, it directly rewards their hard work and effort. It’s also a great opportunity to talk about good nutrition, Shireen Jayyusi from The Food Assembly, talks about encouraging children to engage with food

Science

Gardening is a fun way for children to learn about weather - checking forecasts and finding out how the sun and rain will affect what they’re growing. They'll also learn how plants work and how they effect the environment (and lots more).

Cooking

Kids love helping out in the kitchen. Whether it’s an afternoon of baking with Granny or helping you by peeling a few spuds for tea, there’s a lot to be learned from cooking:

Maths

Cooking brings maths into everyday life. Following a recipe helps kids learn sequences, weighing, measuring, counting, fractions and shapes in a fun and relaxed way.

Reading

Recipe books for children have lots of pictures with simple instructions to read and follow. Older kids will extend their vocabulary as they come across new words in more complicated recipes.

Geography

You can use food to encourage your kids to learn about other countries as well as trying out new flavours. Pull out an atlas and discover where different dishes come from. Discuss how the climate might affect what’s grown and how that influences cooking.

Helping around the home

Getting the kids involved in household chores teaches them important life skills and benefits the whole family:

Teamwork

Being part of a family makes you part of a team, so everyone has their part to play. Get the kids to delegate jobs (specify that they can't delegate them all to you!) and help each other out if they’re struggling. Then sit back and enjoy the results together when you’ve all finished.

Responsibility

Giving your child responsibility for a specific job like keeping their room tidy, loading the dishwasher or cleaning out the hamster, helps develop their confidence to be more independent as they grow up. And it might help them appreciate just how much you do for them too!

Entrepreneurial spirit

Encourage a good work ethic by setting realistic goals and make your kids responsible for achieving them. If there’s a small incentive involved, you might be surprised how inventive and motivated they can be. And for little ones - never underestimate the power of a sticker!!

Shopping

You may want to get in and out of the supermarket as quickly as possible, but on those rare occasions when you’re not in a rush, take the kids along and get them involved with age appropriate tasks:

Writing and spelling

Before you head out (or go online), get together to write a shopping list. Ask younger kids to look in the cupboards for jars and packets that are nearly empty and copy down the name of the item. Older children can practise spelling unfamiliar words.

Maths

There are lots of maths skills children can practise as you fill up your trolley. While one child keeps a tally using rounding and estimating, another can add prices together using a calculator. They can compare their totals at the end. Get little ones weighing out fruit and vegetables and ask older kids to have a go at calculating discounts and savings.

Healthy eating

Task kids with checking food labels for nutritional content like the amount of salt and sugar, then ask them to compare similar products and find the healthiest.

Is learning part of everyday life for your family? We’d love to hear from you.

Reviewed: January 2018

Parentkind uses cookies to improve website functionality and analyse site usage. Click here for details of how to change your settings. By continuing to use this website you agree that we can save them on your device.