Creating a space to play learning games, read together, or do “homework” is essential in developing early habits. Young children need routine and consistency, as it helps them to know what to expect.
- Have your child help pick a place in your home where you can comfortably work together. Pick an area with a small table or desk that is comfy and free of distractions, so your child can enjoy a book, draw, or work on “homework”. Giving your child the opportunity to help with this decision, will help your child take ownership.
- Select a basket or container that can house all materials you may need to carry out activities. Markers, crayons, scissors, pencils, extra paper, sticky notes, glue sticks, art supplies, etc. should be right at hand.
- Create an area to display completed activities. A simple way is to take a piece of twine and drape it from one end to the other near your special space. Colorful clothespins can be used to hang completed “homework” for all to see.
- Set aside a time daily to play a learning game, or engage in an activity together. Make sure there is enough time to complete the activity, so your child does not feel rushed. This is key in developing a consistent routine.
- Be flexible. Sometimes young children need to move around, or need to stretch out on the floor. Take cues and support your child’s work style that day.
By creating a comfortable and inviting space, you can help your child establish important habits. As with any good habit, start when your children are young, and be consistent. These habits will stay with them as they grow into adulthood.