Activities to Support Learning

Are you looking for ways to support your child’s early learning? Here are some suggested activities for having fun with your children, and preparing them for later classroom learning.

Learning, whether in the classroom or elsewhere, is based on a strong foundation of sensory and motor skills. These activities will support your child’s natural stages of early development, all of which are essential for efficient classroom learning.

No digital devices, no flash cards – just games and other activities using their bodies,  that you can do together. 

Most importantly, remember to have fun.

Your children will love sharing these activities with you:

Balance 

  • A well-developed sense of balance will help your child to listen and sit up straight in class, focus and pay attention,  listen, sit still and take their eyes away from the horizon to read a line of text. 
How you can Help
  • walk along a balance beam,
  • walk over rough, soft or uneven surfaces 
  • bush walks,
  • beach walks
  • roll down a hill,
  • play on swings and roundabouts

Vision

  • Good visual skills are essential for classroom learning, such as reading and writing. Your child’s eyes need to be able to work together as a team, to interpret those written symbols on the page
How you can Help
  • Name five things you can see,
  • describe the bird in that tree,
  • catch and throw a ball,
  • go outside and look into the distance
  • puzzle books
  • books with things to spot

Listening  (Auditory Processing)

  • You know your child can hear, but how well can they listen? Can they tune out background sounds and focus on the teacher’s voice?
How you can Help
  • listen to the sounds in nature, and
  • describe what you are hearing – the wind, the crackle of autumn leaves underfoot, the sea, bird song,
  • recognise the direction the sound is coming from,
  • hide a ticking clock (and find it by listening for the sound)
  • listen to a story and repeat it back

Memory  

  • Good memory is essential for learning to read, to be able to memorise those small sounds within words, and to follow instructions
How you can Help
  • card games, such as matching pairs, snap,
  • telling stories,
  • recalling the day’s activities,
  • talking about what you did yesterday

Gross Motor (the big muscles) 

  • Strong leg, arm, tummy and back muscles will help your child to sit still and focus in the classroom
How you can Help
  • Find time for lots of free play and outdoor activities,
  • climbing trees,
  • scrambling over rocks,
  • running,
  • jumping,
  • hopping,
  • skipping
  • dancing

 

Fine Motor (the smaller muscles)

  • These little muscles develop after the bigger muscles, and will help your child to hold a pencil and focus while moving their eyes together across a page of writing
How you can Help
  • Activities to strengthen these muscles include using scissors,
  • puzzles, especially jigsaws
  • crafts,
  • drawing,
  • clay modelling,
  • painting, drawing
  • play dough,
  • kneading bread

Hand-eye Coordination 

  • Your child’s eyes need to be able to work together and follow their hand movements in order to be able to write neatly and legibly
How you can Help
  • Consider activities where both eyes are moving together and focussed on following hand movements –
  • knitting,
  • finger knitting,
  • drawing,
  • jigsaw puzzles,
  • card games,
  • clay modelling
  • play dough

Touch

  • Our sense of touch helps us to connect with others, and also ourselves.It is an important part of forming close relationships, developing an awareness of feelings, empathy (noticing how the other person might be feeling)
How you can Help
  • explore textures with hands and feet,
  • use a blindfold and describe what you can feel
  • walk barefoot on the sand, on the grass,
  • notice how each surface feels different, 
  • use words to describe these sensations

Communication  

  • Good communication skills can help with forming friendships, bringing thoughts to words, especially in creative writing tasks, and to make meaning from written texts
How you can Help
  • start by telling stories,
  • taking turns to talk and listen,
  • asking questions,
  • playing board games, read a story and recall events together,
  • draw a picture of something you remember from the story

Remember to allow time for boredom. It’s in this space of “nothingness” that the most creative ideas are able to surface.

To learn more about ways to support your child’s learning, call Rosalind on 0474 095 432
Accredited Holistic Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Registered NDIS Provider

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