Learning becomes easier for people of all ages when it’s both engaging and fun because it’s easier to pay attention. So, try out some of these ways to encourage learning at home! Whether your kids are playing a game or helping with dinner, you can transform situations into a learning experience.
Appeal To Their Interests
Rather than make learning feel like a chore, think about what your kids like most and transform it into a hands-on activity. For example, you can teach your little artist all about color with a paint set. Similarly, educate your little scientist about prehistoric beasts with dinosaur toys! There are many benefits of playing with dinosaur figures, ranging from increased motor skills to utilizing imagination.
Plan Day Trips
When you have a free weekend, take a break from the daily routine, go on a day trip, and teach your kids about something new. Sometimes getting out of the house is just what kids need for fresh ideas. Take a trip to a local forest preserve to learn about nature, or you could go to:
- The zoo: There are all kinds of animals for your child to see.
- The aquarium: Help your child explore sea life.
- The museum: Make learning about history entertaining.
A day trip transforms the learning experience because rather than feeling like they’re in the classroom, your child gets to explore! And seeing bits of history in a museum creates an experience that sticks out because it’s tangible.
Join Your Kids
An easy way to encourage learning at home is to think like a kid. You’ve got to do more than set up the activities, so get down to their level and learn with your kids. If they’re coloring or playing with LEGO bricks, then join in on the fun. Likewise, you could do a puzzle or board game together. By getting involved with your kids, you’ll better understand how they learn and what works best.
Let your kids join you as well. So, if you’re in the kitchen making a snack and they want to help, encourage this! Cooking can help a child learn some scientific concepts—such as freezing points— as well as life skills. Not only that, but helping mom and dad also makes a child feel more confident and can increase independence.