Children are born with an innate curiosity about the world around them.
However, it’s common for children to lose their natural love for learning as they start progressing through lessons and exams at school -- what can you do to overcome this?
Read on as we discuss strategies on how to make learning a fun activity for your kids once more.
1. Help your child discover their passions
Studies show that when a child is allowed to pursue their passions or interests, learning is enhanced.
After all, when children are working on something that interests them, they’re more likely to want to master the topic and find out more about it. (This is true for adults too!) So it’s important to make them feel that learning is fun instead of a chore.
Expose your child to different topics through the world of books and experiences such as the museum, zoo, and even musical performances. As children, they’re still receptive to new experiences and information so let them discover what their interests and passions are.
2. Involve games and hands-on elements
Playing games is a great way to engage children. You have plenty of options to choose from -- scavenger hunts, word games, monopoly, hangman, memory games, the list is endless!
Not only do games provide a change from the monotonous use of books to study, but it also brings the excitement back to learning.
3. Do mini excursions or experiments
Bring your child’s studies in the real world! This will help them better understand how academic concepts are applied in daily life.
For example, bring the topic of money or addition to life by getting your child involved with the purchase of groceries. You can have them pick out the correct number of fruits or vegetables you want, or even manage the total grocery bill and change expected at the end of your trip.
You can also involve your child when you’re cooking or baking by getting them to be in charge of the measurement of ingredients. This not only reinforces the Maths concepts they’re learning but gives them an opportunity to bond with you as well.
Not keen on leaving the house? Then try out these Science experiments we’ve written about previously that you can do at home!
4. Discuss what your child is learning together
Engaging your child in discussions can also inject an element of interaction and fun into learning.
For instance, instead of just telling your child that certain concepts are the way they are, ask them to share their thoughts on what they’re learning.
Show interest in what your child is learning, and take the chance to share your own knowledge of the topic or subject -- this will pique your child’s natural interest in the topic too.
Keep in mind that you’ll have to be open to any questions they may have about the topic. Even if you don’t know the exact answers to the questions, you can have a fun time finding out the solutions together!
When children feel like they’re in control of their learning, they tend to take more pride in their work.
5. Find your child’s learning style
Whether it is auditory, visual, or kinesthetic, this means you can better cater learning activities to suit your child’s preferred style. This not only makes learning more enjoyable for your child, but also helps them absorb and learn concepts more easily.
If they’re a visual learner, they process information best in writing or images. You can try study methods that involve drawing or even writing poems!
Auditory learners, on the other hand, learn best through verbal instructions that they can hear or listen to. They can even learn by incorporating music to make studying more engaging and memorable. For instance, using a catchy tune to help an auditory learner retain a set of information would be more effective than having them write it out.
If you’d like to learn more about your child’s learning style, we’ve written an article about it here.
6. Supplement learning with technology
Kids nowadays are attached to their gadgets, so why not take advantage of this? (In a good way of course!) Technology can help when children are guided to use it in proper ways.
There are a lot of educational gaming apps such as MentalUP Educational Games, or BrainPOP Jr Movie of the Week.
You can also check out websites such as www.coolmath.com where there’s a plethora of Maths quizzes and games for children ages 3 through 12.
Make Learning Fun With PAL Learning
Learning doesn’t have to be intimidating and boring for your child. It can be made fun through incorporating gadgets, games, going on field trips, and more.
As long as you let them take the lead, you’ll discover their individual learning styles and interests. Your presence and support is also crucial to make the experience even better for them.
Lastly, learning can be made more engaging through interactive and fun enrichment classes, such as the ones offered by PAL Learning. At PAL Learning, live online classes are offered with small groups of 5 students making sure that your child gets the attention they need to be able to learn effectively.
On top of that, learning materials used include augmented reality, online videos, as well as learning devices!
Contact us today to learn how PAL Learning makes learning a fun activity for your child.