Monday, April 30, 2012

Easy Ways to Make Learning Fun

As a parent, we want our children to have a thirst for knowledge. Even after the kids have been at school all day, we want to create an environment at home that promotes learning and teaches valuable skills. However, it can be a challenge because children become bored easily. Fortunately, there are easy ways that parents can make learning fun.
Integrate The Internet
Many websites have online learning games tailored to children of various ages. Many websites feature games geared toward preschoolers and include your children’s favorite cartoon characters. Many of these games help children learn letters, numbers, colors, shapes, matching and animals. These websites also offer many kindergarten and first grade games that help children learn lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as basic math skills. At the same time, your child will learn basic computer skills, which are essential nowadays.
Real World Applications
Another way to make learning fun is to use real-world applications. Trying to teach your child how to do fractions can be challenging with just pencil and paper, so use something your child can relate to: dessert. Use cakes and pies to show what quarters and halves are. You can also use measuring cups or have your child measure wood or other objects with a tape measure.
Explore the World Around You
You can also take trips or do activities relating to what your child is learning at school. If they are learning about dinosaurs, you can take them to a museum in your area. If they are studying butterflies or insects, you can purchase a butterfly habitat or ant farm and have your child grow and raise their own. They will not only learn more about these animals, but they will learn responsibility as well.
Find out what interests your child. If they enjoy animals, take them to visit the zoo. You can teach them about the different types of animals, their habitat and what they eat. If they enjoy the beach, you can take your children to a local beach and have them do some research about things such as how waves are formed, what makes ocean water salty and what types of creatures inhabit the ocean.
Know your child’s limits. A young child can only focus on one subject for so long. Limit each learning session to 15 minutes and then move on to something else. If you try to do too much, your child will feel overwhelmed. If they seem to be losing interest, take a break and do something fun for a while.

Contribution made by Nancy Evans

1 comment:

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