Tips for parents to help children learn

Lynn Cumming with  Melissa Adams and her son Arapeta at Waiheke Adult Learning.
Robyn Wilson

Lynn Cumming with Melissa Adams and her son Arapeta at Waiheke Adult Learning.

Parents wanting tips to help their children learn at primary school can find an abundance of ideas at a course starting on August 24.

FLASH: Family Literacy at School and Home is a free six-week course on Thursday mornings at Waiheke Adult Learning.

Tutor Lynn Cumming said parents could use everyday situations at home to promote learning that supports what children are studying at school.

"You can trick your kids into learning without them even knowing it," Cumming said.

After 10 years working with adults and children with different learning needs at Waiheke Adult Learning, Cumming has plenty of practical tips.

"If kids don't want to do their spelling homework, get them to squirt a water pistol to copy out spelling words in giant letters on your driveway or deck.

"Or if you're at the beach, practice writing big letters and draw pictures in the sand."

Throwing balls of paper into the bin is an opportunity for counting and maths.

It is important that parents don't put their negative feelings about certain subjects onto their children, she said.

Instead, parents can make learning fun and increase their own confidence by learning alongside their children.

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The course is ideal for parents and caregivers with children aged four to 10.

Information will be offered on how to help children get organised, creating an environment of learning and how to talk with teachers.

To enrol, phone 372 9868 or visit the Waiheke Adult Learning office in the Artworks complex in Oneroa.

 - Stuff

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