Stephen received his end-of-school-year report yesterday and after each section, there were suggestions for games and activities parents could do with their children at home. Here are some that made me laugh and others that made me reflect on what I’ve done with Stephen.
1. Join your local toy library.
Are you kidding? We are the local toy library! (See picture of Stephen exhausted after a playful day. Actually, he was just pretending. haha)
2. Play games where people take turns inc. handing round biscuits, etc.
Here I can proudly say that although Stephen isn’t a perfectly behaved child in school, he willingly shares his after school treats with his friends. I don’t think there’s a kid in that class who hasn’t received a small candy, chocolate, or potato chip from him.
3. Show your child how much you enjoy reading & writing.
Just the other day, we were talking about what each of us collects. Stephen said that he collects toys (see #1), I collect books (beams proudly), and Marv collects video games (raised eyebrow). As for the time I spend on the computer, he says, “You’re working; sending messages, talking to Popo (my mom), and writing.”
4. Talk to your child about favourite TV programmes or things you have done together.
While some parents may not want to encourage TV watching in their children, I’ve actually gone out of my way to order special Transformers books for children to encourage Stephen’s reading. I am definitely not one of those who believe TV is evil. And while I don’t necessarily agree with everything unschooler Dayna Martin and her family have chosen for their educational path, I did appreciate her article on anti-TV elitism despite the fact that I am a “book worshipper” and a magazine worshipper and an Internet worshipper,….
5. Draw your child’s attention to, and involve him/her in daily reading & writing routines.
Thankfully, Stephen has a natural interest in these things but we also do about 15 workbook pages a week. Currently, he’s working on one workbook for handwriting and another for addition.
A June example of a sentence Stephen constructed:
TuoMIS has a FeD
TuoMIS brIs MaX hoMo to VIZT
Translation: Thomas has a friend. Thomas brings Max home to visit.
6. Laying the table.
Oops. We don’t eat properly at the dining room table and because of Marv’s irregular working hours, we hardly ever eat together either.
7. Talk to “grannie.”
8. Play with different media.
If only different media didn’t also mean big mess! Sometimes paint, play dough, sand, and other crafts are better done at school.
9. Turn pages.
I guess some kids rip pages instead of turn them? At ages 4-5, I would have expected something a little more advanced than this.
10. Make percussion instruments from tins, containers, etc.
Good lord. Does he not make enough noise just going through his LEGO pieces?! Who knew a bajillion little pieces of plastic could make such a racket!
What kinds of gems were in your child’s report card?
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