Routines and chores as learning opportunities

Everyday routines and chores, even cleaning up, provide great learning opportunities for your child and can be fitted into a busy schedule. While completing chores around the home, discuss what you are doing and why to help your child understand how things work and learn new words.

Children are learning through every experience, why not turn your routines and chores into a chance for learning?

Encouraging literacy

While grocery shopping, encourage your child to read out any words they can see in the aisle or on packets, and discuss the different types of food displayed. You can ask your child to select the tins or packets from the shelf that you want, to try and spot the words.

Incorporating numeracy

By involving your child in watching the food being weighed and counting out items or money, they are becoming familiar with mathematical concepts. Once you return home, encourage your child to help sort and put away the groceries with you.

Sorting things is a fun way for your child to learn about shapes and colours and can be useful in helping with chores too. You could ask your child to help you sort laundry, count items such as pegs and socks, or to count their toys as they put them away.

Including them in the routine can also help your child feel safe and establish a sense of independence.

Image Child learning measurement and mathematical concepts as she sorts items inside a basket

Published — 01 September 2016 Last updated — 08 October 2018

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