Do you have any tips for helping kids concentrate on their studies?
Keep it simple, keep it short! Shorter lessons make it less stressful for everyone! I tend to give the information, then ask them what we talked about again. This makes the kids think about what was said so that they can retell it to you. It makes it a little more likely that the information with stick! I have also found that asking wondering questions first will help the child start thinking about the subject. For example, if we were going to talk about botany, I would ask something like "I wonder what a plant eats." I found that my girls love to try and answer my questions. When they cant, it gives me the perfect chance to start the lesson!
What's an educational game or activity you and your kids love?
We love to create things! I have found that when we create something after a lesson about a subject, the lesson become real! We use recyclables, clay, paint, paper, and all other sorts of crafty goodness. Learning is so much more fun and more absorbed when there is hands on exploring. Plus when you are trying to make something with the information you know and there is something that you don't know, it means that you are going to try to find out more!
How do you encourage a love of reading in your kids?
We have books everywhere! We are at the library a lot and get books out for everything we are studying! And we read them a lot! I also read stories every night before bed. Not just picture books, but also chapter books that are well written! They love it! Books are not just a school thing, they are something we do for fun! Another thing that we do is tell stories. I have made a chacter named Jane that has adventures. I usually tell these stories to the girls and include some elements of what we are learning or where we are in each story. The LOVE this so much (even when I am not the best story teller)!