The following guest post is from Kyle James from Rather-Be-Shopping.com. Learn more about Kyle immediately following his post.
With 3 young kids heading back to school next week, I have classrooms and playgrounds on my mind. A good chunk of kids, including one of mine, dreads the first day of school and heading back for another year of early mornings and homework. But there definitely are frugal ways to make your kids like school (maybe even love school).
You don’t need expensive educational computer games or “how to” books to make school and learning fun, these tips cost nothing to implement except some of your time. I can personally vouch that these tips will instill a love of learning and help you bond even more with your children.
Set a Good Example – If your child doesn’t like reading, it can often be very hard to reverse that tide. But by reading to your child every night, and by turning off the TV and reading your own books in front of them, you can set a good example.
We did this with our oldest son who really hated to read, slowly we were able to get him to want to read with out any prompting. It takes times and a lot of consistency, but by setting a good example it can be done. Also, let him or her pick out a few books that actually interest them. A kid can only handle so many ‘Dick and Jane’ books before they get completely bored.
Participate In the Classroom – By volunteering in your child’s classroom and going on their field trips you can show them that you really value their education and are willing to put time into making it the best experience possible. Plus, if your child is very shy at school, your presence in the classroom can help them come out of their shell. Also, by being in the classroom and observing, you can decipher which kids you would like your child to foster friendships with. Which brings us to our next tip.
Set Play dates – Following up on that last thought, you can then take an active role in fostering positive friendships be scheduling play dates for your child. This obviously works best for younger children, we did this with our kindergartener and it really helped her adjust socially to school. In turn, she really started enjoying going to school and would be the first one ready in the morning.
Field Trips from Home – The Internet is a powerful learning tool. I can remember a couple years ago my son was studying sharks and he came home from school totally excited to tell me everything he had learned. Excited by his excitement, together we went on the Internet and found a bunch of really cool shark videos (just Google it) that were both fun and educational. He ended up going back to school the next day telling the class about what he had learned at home.
We do this all the time now and I call them our field trips from home. It has really helped reinforce what he learns at school, plus it has given him a lot of confidence. Before we started doing this, there was no way he would ever volunteered any information in class, but now he does it all the time. I highly recommend this tip.
The most important commodity in getting my kids to love school is my time. Time spent showing an interest in their school work and school activities. Believe me, it really has paid huge dividends. Do you have any tips to add to my list? I look forward to any suggestions that I may have missed. Thanks again Jason for letting me contribute.
About The Author: Kyle James owns and operate a website called Rather-Be-Shopping.com which specializes in online coupon codes for over 700 stores, organized in 25 shopping categories. He also has a blog, where he writes about frugal living tips, creative ways to save money, and other musings about the adventures and mis-adventures of raising 3 active kids.