Children Under 5
- Gross motor development (large movements and coordination)
- Fine motor development (paining, playing with lego, handcrafting etc.)
- Communication and language skills
- Reading and writing
- Math (counting and adding shapes, measures etc.)
- Art (paints, music, design etc.)
It is vital to keep your timing realistic! You might not be able to spend more than 15 min at a go for reading or writing!
Five to eight
Kids of this age might be still biddable enough to engage in physical enterprise, like home circuits, music and movement.
Do not expect them to listen to you drone on for hours! The time in minutes that you teach your children should never be more than 10-15 min.
- what made you think that?
- tell me more about that
- what did you know already that led you to do that question in that way?
- Tell me how you did it
- Did the way you approached that work – why/why not?
- What would you change next time and why?
Nine to eleven
If you can think of people – other parents, family members – who are particularly good at a subject, you can organise group tutorials on platforms like face time or Zoom.
Twelve and above
When you look things up online, be careful to put in the level of understanding that you need; The way they teach those things has obviously moved on a lot from when we did them. So, you’re having to learn it all again!?
Play a lot of cards.
Above all, don’t be too hard on yourself or them; if you need to throw in the towel for the day, do it.