I’ve always been a huge believer in children learning through play and a lot of the games I used to play with my two were played with a view to them learning something.
We used to play shopkeepers to help them understand about money and the value of food, post offices to help them with a bit of reading and even board games like Monopoly to help them learn some maths.
And that’s all brilliant, I absolutely encourage you to do the same with your children from as young an age as possible. But, there does come a stage where their learning would benefit from being more structured – where specific things can be taught to help them develop their literacy and numeracy skills. This is so important as I found when Master Frugal was struggling at school in his early days – the fact he felt behind his peers with his reading and writing massively dented his confidence and he still struggles with that to this day.
So, whilst I would always continue with learning through play with your children, I’d have some more structured activities to hand for when the occasion presents itself. A website like Kids Academy is a great example of this as it has a whole section of printable worksheets that will help your child develop their writing in a fun way. Structured doesn’t have to be boring or stressful – just fun like these worksheets which are completely free to download and print.
There’s not just the free worksheets that I think you’ll like – there’s also some great apps that you can download for your little ones to play (and learn). You can find a whole host of fun and interactive games on the Kids Academy Playground page with games and activities designed to help youngsters develop their reading, writing and maths skills in a fun way that will mean they won’t even know they’re learning. A great one to start with is the Singapore Maths app which I think you’ll love as it helps to encourage a greater understanding of maths using the things that young children will understand. It really does seem to explain things in a great way for youngsters and I really think my two, Master Frugal especially, would have benefitted from this way of learning.
Kids Academy have offered to give two lucky readers the chance to win a year’s subscription to this #1 Math Games App for preschool and kindergarten. The usual cost of this would be $49.99 for a year which is a bargain if you think your child will benefit from it. It works out at around 75p a week (if my maths are correct).
If you’d like to win this then all you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what your favourite game (like a specific app, a board game or an imaginary game) is to help children learn
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