Home teaching this season: 4 ideas to make learning fun!
As your child’s primary educator, your approach to teaching shouldn’t be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ bash, since children have different learning patterns and needs that should be met. It’s common to want to try out the traditional methods of teaching, but if that doesn’t work out, one crucial thing you should do is understand how your child learns. Are they auditory learners, visual learners, or physical learners? Use this information to feed your “at-home” lesson plans to make teaching more fun and engaging.
Children born into the digital age (Generation Z kids) pretty much enjoy playing with gadgets. In your teaching endeavors, it’s in their best interest to capitalize on their desire to use technology and incorporate it into how they learn.
We want our kids to enjoy learning and be excited about gaining new knowledge. But how can we achieve this effectively and make learning fun? One way to do this is to get involved with your child’s learning, another, is to allow your children to utilize their creativity.
If you find your kids having more struggle than fun while teaching, try using these tips to re-ignite their enthusiasm for learning.
Plan your child’s learning time to meet their needs
It would be tiring to your 4-year-old, having them sit down for 20 minutes. That’s a long time to concentrate on even a 6-year-old.
Naturally, children have a short attention span, so, to keep them interested in learning for that long, you have to introduce some mystery, games, and short breaks to keep their attention.
Playtime is fun for kids. But learning can be more fun for kids if it seems like playing. Kids learn more during play, and as they learn, they develop problem-solving skills.
Take note of your child’s interests
If your child seems interested in animals, colors, or music, it would be a great idea to create lessons around their interests to help them learn faster.
Making a creative presentation on types of animals and their names, creating lessons on music notes (by utilizing music sheets) with colorful posters and pictures, or teaching about color types, learning will be more fun and you'll arouse their curiosity. You can use short videos to help them grasp better.
Create hands-on learning opportunities
Children remember things more when their hands and brains are simultaneously busy or engaged. Creating learning opportunities that require children to talk, listen, and move helps them retain information better.
When integrating more arts and crafts (like coloring or paper Mache) into your lessons, have them move around. Foster their creativity by encouraging the use of arts and crafts, role-playing, or a range of similar activities that allow your kids to express themselves in different ways as they learn.
You can also allow them to learn in a group (like researching any topic of interest) and make a presentation. That way, they all contribute to learning and teaching each other and would ask questions if they have any challenges.
Play educational games
After teaching a lesson, play an educational game with your child that will help you test their knowledge and level of understanding of the lesson they’ve just learned. You can find a relevant educational game on the internet, download an app, or even have a trivia session.
If they’ve learned new words, playing scrabble after their learning session would be great to help develop their vocabulary.
In all, as you impart knowledge to your kids, it’s important to note their learning habits, so you can structure your lessons to meet their needs. By limiting class rules and making learning more practical, your kids will feel safe as they gain new knowledge.
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