Education isn’t only about grades. Indeed, to get the most out of your child’s educational experience there are many other things you must also consider. Read on to find out what they are.
Let them play
Kids are often under so much pressure to grow up fast and achieve, that play gets quickly forgotten. However, the benefits of play are many, as through free, unstructured play, children are able to use their natural curiosity and creativity to learn, grow, and develop new skills. This can take many forms, from outdoor exploration to arts and crafts activities, and it can benefit your child’s development. Whether you are looking to help them build problem-solving skills or simply want to encourage their love of learning, letting them play is an excellent way to do so.
Encourage new experiences like forest school
One approach that has proven effective is encouraging them to explore and engage with new experiences, such as taking part in a forest school program. Forest school programs are designed to provide children with a hands-on, nature-based learning experience that helps them develop a range of important skills and fosters a lifelong love of learning. Whether your child is interested in science, or art, or simply enjoy spending time outdoors, engaging them with forest school programs can be a great way to help them reach their full potential
Embrace travel opportunities
Another great way you can encourage your child (of any age) to get the most from their educational experiences is to help them embrace the travel opportunities that come their way. Of course, these will differ widely depending on their age, and the type of school or educational organisation they attend.
For example, in the UK a typical primary school trip will last for a day and be to a place of cultural or scientific interest like a museum or a butterfly farm. However, as your child gets older they may be able to take advantage of opportunities like college trips to New York with their peers. Indeed, there are significant advantages to be had on such trips including reduced costs as well as a guided one-in-a-lifetime experience of the Big Apples’ highlights that they are sure to remember forever.
Teach them how to ‘Be’ as well as ‘Do’
Last of all, one of the most valuable things we can do as parents to help enhance and encourage our child’s comprehensive education as a person is to teach them how to be in the moment without needing to do anything.
What we are talking about here is the skill of being mindful, no matter how much chatter our brains give out, or the feelings that are going through us. Mindfulness is about being with the good and the bad feelings while taking a break from the need to do anything about their presence.
It is also a skill that will stand your child in good stead throughout their life, and hopefully will allow them to deal with more stressful situations skillfully, and compassionately as well.