Parents have a vital role in a child’s learning and development throughout their lives. They provide the cornerstones that allow their child to grow and develop through everyday stimulating activities such as games, rhymes and language, which help their child to learn. Early learning and childcare settings, schools and communities can also play a key part in recognising, developing and resourcing this.
‘Learning at home’ is the learning which happens in the home, outdoors or in the community. It can take place through everyday activities that families already do and can overlap with aspects of active learning undertaken with parents, family members or peers. Scottish Parental Involvement Officers Network, 2018
Learning at home can happen through a range of events including play, leisure activities, fun events, sports, trips, cultural or volunteering experiences. It can also happen through curriculum related activities, homework, reading and sharing books. Parents and families can also engage in these activities at home as part of everyday routine activities.
Being actively involved in other fun learning activities such as gardening, baking, cooking and outdoor learning can motivate your child’s desire to learn as well as promote their curiosity. Parents and families play a key role in encouraging a child to experience a wide range of opportunities, not limited by gender. The role of parents in helping their child to learn at home will change as they get older and become increasingly more independent. Learning at home activities can help raise a child’s attainment. Some suggested learning at home activities might be:
Read, Write, Count - a national initiative which aims to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of Scotland’s children.
PlayTalkRead - encourages parents and families to include easy and fun reading, writing and counting activities in their everyday lives.
Bookbug bags – aims to encourage parents and children to share and enjoy books together.
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