Do you want your kids to love learning (like the boy in the picture below)?
I am sure you do!
It is difficult to get our kids to study after school. After so many hours of learning, who wants to open books again?
If you force your kids to study after school or try to teach them something new, they resist or put their foot down (and sometimes, even cry).
But, studying need not be a war at home.
Think about it.
If you were forced to learn something, will you be interested (or motivated) to give your best?
No, right? It is the same with kids.
Your end goal should be to develop interest and motivate your kids. Let’s discuss a few ways you can make studying fun
1. Turn learning into games
Yes, you read it right. Games are not only for fun. It can be used for teaching your kids as well.
For example, you can put all alphabets in the jar and ask your kid to pick up one chit. Afterwards, ask them to tell you as many words from that alphabet as they can. This will help them grow their vocabulary.
Similarly, you can turn other concepts into games.
2. Reverse learning using cards
It may sound absolutely absurd, but ask your kids to teach you instead.
Draw cards with questions on it. On the back of it, write the answers. Something like this –
You can then ask your kids to pick up any card and ask you questions. If you give wrong answers, they will correct you.
It is fun to act ignorant of concepts in front of kids so they can correct you and end up learning the concepts themselves.
3. Mnemonics and Acrostics
We still know the sentence which helped us remember the nine planets. “My very eager mother just served us nine pizzas” (or a similar variation)
Similarly, we used a sentence for remembering the order of math operations. Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, and Subtract)
You can create fun statements to help your kids learn.
4. Educational songs, cartoons or TV
I know it is a time intensive exercise to create songs around concepts.
But, it need not be that difficult. Just search the web and you can find cartoons, songs etc which teach your kids.
You can also give them more TV time (yes, MORE TV time) and watch discovery kids, Animal Planet or other similar channels.
While they get what they want (television time), you get what you want (learning)
It is a win-win!
5. Download educational games
Technology has made this simple for parents.
Similar to cartoons and videos, you will get a lot of apps in the market which makes teaching fun. They use stories, music, phonetics, games etc to make studying fun.
Just go on to the play store and download the apps which support your kids classroom learning.
They won’t even realize they are learning!
6. Real life application
Is there anything better than practical learning?
Definitely, not. Practical learning remains with us because we see it taking shape in real.
So next time you bake a cake, engage your kids. Ask them to measure or pass you certain equipment. Tell them about measurements, colors, ingredients and much more.
For example, ask them to pass you the blue star (refer the image)
The best thing about this activity is that at the end of learning, both of you get to feast on the delicious cake 🙂
Try out these simple tactics at home. You’ll see your kids leaning towards learning and having fun in the process.
Do you have something else which worked for your kids? Please do share it with us by commenting below.
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