As parents, we find it our responsibility to make our children comprehend that everything around them needs to be respected and appreciated. To make them understand that all experiences provide knowledge, we do a variety of activities with them. Making these activities as part of our lifestyle, helps them become savvy. These activities do not cost us financially, and helps build memories.
During our summer travels and leisure evenings, we make time for board games in our home. Our favourite games include playing Monopoly, Squashed, and Mancala. These games are fun to play together, and they also allow children to think strategically and problem solve.
We also take advantage of the beautiful seasons in Canada and play a variety of sports in our own backyard, within the community, and by travelling short distances. Some of our favourite outdoor games are badminton, tennis, basketball during the warm seasons, and in winter we choose to snowshoe, toboggan, and enjoy going down the Zipfy. We also enjoy hiking different trails during all seasons.
During our regular conversations, we ask our children questions that involve what they learn at school related to different subjects such as social studies and mathematics. While travelling and exploring different places we usually ask questions that taps into their geographical knowledge as well as science - for example exploring sites such as Canals and Forts that are throughout Ontario. We also ask them questions that involve money, time, and measurement as they help with our woodworking projects and baking. We find by providing opportunities to reiterate what they learn at school as part of our daily life, helps them see the connection between what they learn at school and day-to-day life. When children see what they learn at school is relevant to everyday situations, we find that it would help them see the importance of learning.
As we inspire our children about education through our daily lifestyle, we also think about making financial arrangements for them to continue their education in the paths they choose. If you have not yet started making contributions towards saving for your children's education check out SmartSaver's How to Start Page.
SmartSaver.org works with communities across Canada to make it easier for families with a modest income to save for their children's future education. They help open up no fee RESP or Registered Education Savings Plan by helping to access Federal government grants such as Canada Learning Bond. This helps to give a kick-start to the contributions by providing up to $2000 for eligible families.
Doing activities that inspire our children that do not carry a financial burden is easy. With the help of SmartSaver we can also start saving money for their higher education, so our children have the chances to continue learning and making a positive contribution to society.
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