How you educate your child in his early years is important. EtonHouse is committed to setting the best foundation for your little one, so that he can take on the challenges that lie ahead. Here are a few ideas to nurture your child’s love for learning at home.
Young children are often enthusiastic learners, but when they’re forced to memorise words and concepts or told that they have to follow certain rules, learning ceases to be fun. Children learn best when their curiosity and interest are piqued and when what they’re learning is meaningful to them.
An EtonHouse education, coupled with the right guidance at home, gives your little one the ideal foundation for becoming a fast and enthusiastic learner.
Help your child develop age-appropriate writing skills
EtonHouse aims to help children understand how writing connects in meaningful ways to reading and communicates information through words and symbols. To help your little one develop age-appropriate writing skills:
0-15 months: Let your child scribble randomly and ask him questions about it.
3-5 years old: A child in this age group may draw lines and patterns and express his ideas through drawing. He may also attempt to write some of the letters in his name. Encourage this, and help him understand how writing and drawing enable us to communicate. Get him to think about what he’s drawing, too, and ask for details about what he’s drawn.
6 years and up: Ask him to work on labels, followed by sentences and stories. Letter and word practice can take the form of creating shopping lists, writing letters, cards, photo books, and so on.
Encourage your child’s love for reading
If you want to boost your little one’s vocabulary and instil in him a love for reading, you’ll first have to capture his interest in the way words are used in stories. Reading to him and encouraging him to engage with the story is the best way to achieve this – and the earlier you start, the better.
Use books: Smart devices are good, but it’s also important to have books around the house so that your child can pick one up whenever he wants.
Be patient: As you read to him, Junior is bound to ask questions about the story. Take your time answering him and be sure to indulge his curiosity.
Build his confidence: While reading to him, he may recognise certain words. Read along with him and allow him to take over every other page to help him become a more confident reader.
At EtonHouse, you can be sure that your young one develops a passion for learning that stays with him throughout his lifetime. And with 12 EtonHouse schools around the island, catering to children as young as nine months (playgroup), you are bound to find a branch that suits your child’s needs.
For more information about EtonHouse, visit www.etonhouse.com.sg.