As a parent, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what academic topics to focus on at home to help our children succeed. Even more so if you’re a working and/or single parent. I have many friends who have struggled with this, and as a parent myself I understand the anxiety this may cause you.
Luckily, I am also an educator, so I have gained some insight on this topic over the years.
First of all, I will start out with telling you that ALL of the standards are important for your child’s education. These are just the bare minimum that you should make a priority for your child to master asap during their elementary school years in order to build a strong academic foundation.
- Your child needs to be reading at grade level (or above)
- They need to be able to write complete sentences. (Every year I have a few middle school students who STILL struggle with this.)
- Math facts. All of them (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), for 1 through 12. Multiplication and division are a common struggle.
What I LOVE about this craft is that there are multiple different academic concepts to teach with this one craft (or you can have your tot do it just for fun ;)).
Topics that this craft covers:
- Colors (whichever ones you choose to use)
- The letter “T”
All I did was cut out the train pieces from construction paper. Then, I used a glue stick to put some glue on the paper in the area the shape should go. Finally, my son applied the pieces.
T loves trains, so he really had a lot of fun with it.