Should my foundation phase child build LEGO® or watch TV?

by | Mar 8, 2024 | Blog

foundations for a foundation phase child

Supporting your foundation phase child is crucial for their academic and personal development. Here are some tips for parents to help their children during this fundamental phase.

Tips for parents of a foundation phase child

1. Establish a routine

  • Create a consistent daily routine that includes designated study or homework time.
  • Ensure a healthy balance between schoolwork, play and rest.

2. Encourage reading

  • Foster a love for reading by having a variety of age-appropriate books at home.
  • Read to your child regularly and encourage them to read aloud.

3. Practise basic skills

  • Reinforce basic skills like counting, writing and recognising letters and numbers in an informal way.
  • Use educational games and activities to make learning fun.

4. Stay involved in homework

  • Review and discuss homework assignments with your child.
  • Offer guidance and support without doing the work for them.

5. Communicate with teachers

  • Maintain open communication with your child’s teachers.
  • Attend parent-teacher meetings to stay informed about your child’s progress.

6. Promote independence

  • Encourage your child to take responsibility for their belongings and homework.
  • Teach them organisational skills and time management.

7. Provide positive reinforcement

  • Acknowledge and praise your child’s efforts and achievements.
  • Focus on the process rather than just the end result.

8. Incorporate learning into daily life

  • Integrate learning into everyday activities, such as cooking, shopping and gardening.
  • Discuss concepts like measurements, counting and shapes in real-life contexts.

9. Promote social skills

  • Support the development of social skills by organising playdates and encouraging cooperating.
  • Discuss feelings and emotions with your child to help them navigate social situations.

10. Limit screen time

  • Set reasonable limits on screen time and encourage activities that promote physical and mental well-being. That means getting the box of LEGO® out, instead of switching on the TV or letting your child play games on your phone.

11. Be patient and supportive

  • Understand that each child progresses at their own pace.
  • Be patient, offer encouragement, and celebrate small victories.

We pray that you’re feeling inspired to try out some of these tips to support your foundation phase child. Please send an email to if you have any questions.






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