As adoptive parents, it can be challenging to bond and spark natural interactions with your children. No matter what age your child is currently, you are thinking of ways to build a lifelong relationship with them in light of the past circumstances in their lives. What type of activities can you do to foster connections with your children at home, afterschool, on the weekends, or over school breaks? We have some great tips for you brought to you by Jenny Wise, who is a talented home educator and blogger. Please take some notes on her article below!
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While your children might be initially hesitant to open up to you or is simply bored, you can get them excited by having your children engaged with some fun activities along side you.
The cornerstone of a successful indoor day is adequate exercise. Physical activity has been shown to make kids happier, calmer and even encourage a lifetime love of physical fitness. More exercise is also conducive to better sleep, concentration and enhanced academic performance. But, what do you do if outside is not an option? Well, the Internet is a great place to start. There are thousands of online exercise videos for kids that focus on a variety of fitness including yoga, Pilates and dancing. To get started, simply visit YouTube and type in “exercise for kids.” Not only will your kids have a great time learning the moves, they will also blow-off some of that pent-up energy.
Learn Something New
Not only is the Internet a great place to find fitness videos, it is also a never-ending resource for education. Whether your kids want to learn more about science, music, or drawing, simply go online and search a few how-to videos or activity sheets.
To start the day off, you can simply visit Earth Science Jr. to learn how to make a foam-tastic concoction known as Elephant’s Toothpaste. If your children play an instrument, a rainy day is the perfect opportunity to learn new notes, scales and songs. Did you know that YouTube has hundreds of free, kid-friendly musical lessons? These videos are a great way for kids to learn how to play everything from recorders and ukuleles to guitars and saxophones. If your children are more interested in visual art, find a few fun drawing tutorials that teach them how to recreate their favorite animals, cartoon characters and plants. With the Internet at your fingertips, you and your children will never run out of awesome ways to learn something new.
As the day is winding down, your kids may be a little less keen to practice their dance moves or learn new science experiments. As energy levels deplete, consider entering into the world of storytelling. Storytelling is a valuable way to encourage creativity, enhance listening skills, and increase verbal proficiency. Books are a great way for your children to relax after an active day, learn new vocabulary and get lost in a story. To ensure you are selecting books that are appropriate for your children’s age, interests and cognitive capacity, consider making a family trip to your local library and selecting a few books together. Depending on your child’s age, you can ask him/her to help read the story. By reading out loud, your child is sure to learn a few new words and become a better reader, writer and speaker.
If you want to take this time to focus on creativity, consider impromptu storytelling. Not only is impromptu storytelling a great way to make your child an active rather than a passive participant in storytelling, it also facilitates language development and helps build self-confidence. Begin by telling your child a story you have made-up. Next, ask him/her to tell you one. If you want to take your impromptu storytelling to the next level, consider creating a story as a family. No matter what storytelling method you choose, be sure to offer positive reinforcement to facilitate a long-lasting love of words, language and stories.
You are beginning to learn more about each other through fun interactive ways. Your child is also staying entertained! By combining physical activity, academic learning and storytelling, you are sure to make the day one to remember. Now, incorporate some fun and let the bonding begin! Happy parenting!