Whether a child has been in an institutionalized school or has been homeschooled forever, many six to eight year olds enjoy learning. As a parent, understanding how your child learns, what temperament he is the strongest, and what type of intelligence he excels at will be of great help in the teaching / learning process. Children ages six to eight learn best when they are having fun. Reading to your child is essential to their learning experience. Read about a variety of topics, such as animals, mystery, history, fantasy, classics, and adventure. Visit the library often and see what they have to offer. Some offer reading and art classes or other activities. Buying a phonics book will greatly help your child understand how words are not read aloud.
Another lesson for this age group is the ability to write. Although the child may have difficulty writing, he can certainly speak like a storm. Writing for your child while telling a story is a great way for them to see it written. Ask them to draw pictures of the words you have written for them. Storytelling is also a great tool for learning language skills. Read to your child and ask him to repeat in his own words what the story is about. Remember to keep all these lessons fun and stress-free. Children learn at their own pace, as long as there is daily practice, there is nothing to worry about.
When working with arithmetic, try to incorporate many real-life situations, such as cooking or going to the supermarket, etc. Science is another subject that is best learned in its natural environment. Read about snakes and then go to a zoo to see some. Name all the animals in the zoo and then write about it. See how many different birds are outside your house and try to name them. The practical approach is often the easiest way to learn. Walk on the beach and name all the animals, walk in the mountains and observe the different landscapes, collect specimens, observe the changes of season, the world is a learning experience.
Additionally, parents want to teach their children responsibility and accountability with household chores. This is an excellent way for the child to learn that he is capable and that the family needs him.
In general, children in this age group enjoy combining research with creative projects, such as crafts, costumes, meals, reports, silverware, home decor, music, and pretend play. With each activity, each topic can be easily incorporated. It is not necessary to acquire a curriculum, learning is inevitable.