News / December 17, 2005

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What benefits are there in supporting my child’s learning?

Research proves shared learning in the home has a positive impact on children’s later success. Babies and young children’s early experiences play a vital role in shaping their later development. Being also actively involved with your child’s learning, giving positive praise and encouragement throughout the school years gives a huge boost to your child’s confidence.

How can keen2learn help with home-learning?

Our educational games and educational toys are great fun and in common use as a classroom resource in school. They complement your children’s work by reinforcing the skills involved at their own pace at home. The range of reading games, writing games, and numeracy games disguise the learning process and let parents participate in this crucial activity.

What products are best suited to help my child’s learning?

keen2learn products match the different subjects and stages of the UK National Curriculum. You can select by subject area and refine this by age and key stage using the filter at the top right of the page. child. The game cover a particular area and some that are great for revision such as Geniass.
Talk with the teacher to understand any areas of concern and develop a mutually agreed programme of support.

What is the best environment for learning?

Choose a place where you and your child are comfortable and where there are minimal distractions. Remember you both have to concentrate during the process, and watching the TV with one eye, or doing the ironing may not allow you to achieve the maximum benefit.Try to vary the activities and don’t be surprised if your child wants to do the same thing again and again – repetition is a fundamental aspect of learning.

What is the best time for learning?

There is no “best” time for learning. Find a time that best suits you AND your child, preferably when you know you will be free from distractions and when you are not tired. For most this will be earlier in the day (especially at weekends) when the brain is most receptive and why schools choose the mornings for their “literacy” and “numeracy” hours. Work with your child little and often and above all keep it fun!

And don’t forget the opportunity whilst travelling on holiday to use airport waiting time, long flights, ferries or car journeys in a fun and constructive way with a travel game such as Bunja.

How does a child’s mind develop?

Children’s learning begins at a very early age with the brain acting like a sponge soaking up information from all around. Even before a child starts school they will learn a great deal about reading and writing from the environment. It is equally important to nurture this development throughout the school years by engaging with your child in educational activities such as lesson starers which act as a quiz – children learn by example.

How can I help my child with his writing?

Show your children that writing is both useful and enjoyable. Let them see you write yourself and join in with activities such as writing shopping and jobs lists, letters and birthday cards. “Giant CVC dominoes” are perfect for helping children to recognise Consonant Vowel Consonant words,and “Cursive letters”will help develop children’s cursive writing.

How can I help my child with his letter recognition?

With younger children, read stories and nursery rhymes together as constant exposure to words helps with letter recognition. Use “Alphabet bean bags” and “Desktop alphabet mats” to encourage individual letter recognition, and “Sticky key words” to assist with basic spelling. Make up stories using puppets such as “Table top theatre”,Hanging theatre “Finger puppets” and get your child to write them down. Tell a story in pictures only or find an interesting picture and tell a story to go with it.

How can I help my child with his reading?

a knowledge of Phonics in other words, the way a letter or word sounds.”Naughty phonics” focuses on different aspects of phonological awareness helping with common spelling for each phoneme and blending phonemes into words for reading.

How can I help my child with number recognition and counting?

It is important for your child to be able to relate mathematical skills to an essential part of everyday life. By seeing you use counting, adding up and so on (checking change in a shop for example) he will realise the need for this skill. “Compare bear counters” help with counting, sorting, matching and weighing whilst “Soccer dominoes” is ideal for the child who finds number work daunting.

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