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My daughters teacher is requesting the parents of my daughter’s class get involved at home and help teach our kids about maths and English. I already do this regularly and have bought some great activities books for us to work through together. I would love to hear your ideas on what you do with your kids to help them learn and develop outside of school hours. Do you have any fun games you play or apps you use etc. My daughters school doesn’t believe in homework so it is up to the parents to decide what they feel is best for their child. My daughter is only 5 years old.


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  • Cooking is really great – measuring, weighing, following instructions – and kids usually find it fun.


  • I remember there was a good site for maths. I think it was called something like Mathletics and you could choose age appropriate maths games. My daughter loved it.


  • I find reading eggs and math seeds very good but honestly just spending time with your child reading or playing with them will help them learn. Five is still super young so whatever you do keep it light and fun ;)


  • When we went for kindy induction, the principal said things like making them count all the stuff you put on the counter when you’re at the shops, counting steps to and from one place to another for maths.
    English wise, the suggested whenever there is a large letter on something, to ask them what that letter is so they get used to the visual of the letter and learn to recognise it in the alphabet.


  • To be honest you could see any and every situation as learning; whether it is play, a walk in the forest, cooking or an art /craft project they learn social skills and manners, sharing, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive skills,learning about their emotions and what not !


  • Along with the household activities listed in my previous response; lots of fun games that include Maths and English are so good for developing these skills. Scrabble Junior is good for creating words and counting scores. Maybe search the games aisles for some board games that appeal to the family.


  • At five it’s very much about play and accidental learning. Any activity you do with your child can be a teaching/learning opportunity. Cooking = counting, measuring, chemistry. Gardening = biology, Play dates = interpersonal relationship skills etc. Five is very young to be worrying about extra academic learning. Just build it into the everyday activities.


  • Everything you do as a parent is a learning opportunity for kids, especially the young ones


  • At 5 years old. Wow. I think going outside to see the nature, bugs, flowers, trees. That’s all learning. And that’s what my 4 1/2 year old twins interested in. I think there is enough time to learn other things. Let’s kids be kids first.


  • i personally feel 5 years is too young for more activity other than school. this is the age for play and learn.


  • Bring it into everyday activities. Helping serve up food and counting it out. Bringing in the mail – trying to read the mail or count how many letters. Playing family board games like trouble. Walking in the neighbourhood reading numbers on houses & letterboxes, signs, numberplates, car brands. etc. Anything and everything in the world around them.


  • There are many activities around the home that use English and Maths. Children’s cookbooks are terrific for English and Maths. Recipes need to be read comprehended and ingredients need to be measured. Gardening is similar; in learning; plants, fruit and vegetable names, counting and planting and growing and keeping charts. Look at every activity around the home; inside and out and look at every opportunity to use English and Maths.


  • Repetition and rhymes are good for the times tables at that age. Maybe have some fun posters around the place. As for spelling, maybe make a fun game of ‘chase’ where she is only allowed to move forward if she correctly spells a word. I.e. if she spells a simple word correctly, she can move 2 steps forwards, if she spells incorrectly, 1 step backward. We did things like that in the classroom and I always found that really fun.


  • Singing times tables so it’s picked up early. A maths poster on the back of the toilet door so they can see it in there. Read for at least 20 minutes before bed. Just trying to add a bit of maths and English into everyday things.


  • My daughter is also five, we have been using the app ABC Mouse recently and really enjoying it. There is a great selection of activities which get sorted into their ‘learning path’ for their age/level. Including things like letter games, number games, puzzles, word games, memory games, colouring pages, stories, chants, songs and more. We love doing the songs together it’s a great bonding time. My daughters ability to recognise larger numbers, letters and the sounds made by them has dramatically increased. They get tickets for each activity they do which they can spend on their avatar, room, or pets which keeps them excited to do more. It is paid, around $20 a month or cheaper if you pay for the year, but I think it’s worth it completely. The majority of apps for kids are just absolutely loaded with ads, but this has no ads! I actually had a different children’s app the other day while she was in the same room as me come up with an ad very loudly talking about having more orgasms…. yes, we certainly went on an app deleting spree that afternoon!!! I’ve tried another paid app for kids, a paw patrol learning app which really sucked it had barely any features and I didn’t think it was very educational at all. I would recommend ABC Mouse to everyone who lets their children occasionally use a tablet.


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