Break out the games and storybooks and help your child catch up in a fun way | Momaha

With all the disruption to the school calendar in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no wonder parents are worried about their children’s education.

It is not unfounded; some studies indicate that students may be months behind in subjects such as math and reading.

All is not lost. There are things you can do to help around the house that don’t involve more textbooks. Activities where you and your child can have fun while learning at the same time.

Omaha Public Schools staff gave us these tips and learning resources to help your child catch up, if needed.

1. Read every day. Read aloud to and with your student, encourage them to read independently, and talk to each other about what they read. Use books, magazines, newspapers and online books.

2. Talking to your child about what you are doing and thinking while you are doing it will develop vocabulary, language skills and reasoning.

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3. Here are some activities that enrich and connect math and reading to everyday life while developing vocabulary:

— Budgeting and grocery shopping

— Creation of a daily schedule with hours including morning and afternoon

— Trip planning with maps and distances

4. Sort and shape with household objects

5. Matching and sorting games will also help, building words and putting numbers and letters in order. Find objects around the house that match a number or letter (five pillows). Talk about letters and numbers; their shapes, what they represent.

6. Play games that promote reasoning and number sense:

— Dice games like Yahtzee, Trouble, Farkle and Tenzi

— Strategy games like Sequence, Dominoes, Mancala, Backgammon, Monopoly or Chess

— Card games such as Uno, Phase 10, Skip Bo, Rummy, War, Set, Bridge, Cribbage and Pinochle

7. Play games that promote reading skills:

Boggle, Scrabble, Apples to Apples Junior, Hedbanz, Scattergories Junior

8. Playing any game that requires conversation will build vocabulary.

9. Some online learning activities:

— OPS: iRead, Amira, Lexia, Zearn, MAP Accelerator

— Digital resources subscribed by schools (consult your student’s teacher)

— Skill Games and Online Learning Games by Greg Tang

This article originally appeared in the February 2022 issue of Momaha magazine.

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