When learning is fun, it becomes more meaningful. If someone is having fun, they will be attentive and motivated.
By including engaging and creative activities, learning at home or in the classroom will be more enjoyable.
Many parents decide it is better to teach their children at home rather than send them to an outside school.
There are various reasons that parents make this decision to homeschool their children ranging from the quality of the schools to religious preferences. Educating your children at home is a balancing act.
One challenge is for these parents to make sure their children are not isolated and learn how to socialize and interact with their peers.
Enrolling children in extra-curricular activities, joining social groups, and taking field trips, are options for exposing them to other children. Another way to not only encourage socialization but also to add a little fun to learning is by using video education technology.
Using video technology to learn extends education outside the walls of a classroom or homeschool environment. It also helps create memorable experiences.
Children can “visit” places virtually like labs and museums. This not only provides educational value but can also be fun.
Most of the children’s daily routine is set and doesn’t offer them a lot of choices. This can feel somewhat stifling. Offering them some options when possible, can make them feel like they do have some control over their lives. Even adults don’t like always being told what to do and when to do.
You don’t want to allow children to choose between learning and playing, that would be counterproductive.
How about allowing them to choose the order of their lessons or their assignments? They will still get the necessary education but will also have some control over the process.
What do children do when they are not in school? They are on their phones, iPads, or tablets texting their friends, playing games, and watching videos.
Why not capitalize on that and add some fun to their learning? Using technology in the classroom can increase student learning and engagement.
A few suggestions on how to utilize technology are:
- Teach by using presentations instead of lecturing
- Let them do some of their research on the Internet
- Use video conferencing to allow children to virtually visit different areas of the world
- Show educational videos to explain some of your lessons
Whether children are learning in a classroom or in their home, taking them outside of their educational environment is important and will add some fun. Field trips help connect what students are learning with the outside world.
You can take them on a field trip to attractions like your local city hall, a government office, or a museum. If you are teaching your children about pre-historic animals, taking them to a museum ties in well to your lessons.
Don’t forget about virtual field trips. The options online are limitless. You can “visit” anywhere in the world on the Internet.
Utilize Their Imagination
Let children use their imaginations by designing lessons that can foster creativity. If studying criminal justice, how about staging mock trials? When teaching about history, you can have children use role-playing to act out what they are learning.
Allow children the freedom to express themselves by giving them options for different projects. You can let them choose between drawing a picture, writing a story, creating a presentation, or even acting out a history lesson.
Even students who might not be interested in science can have fun conducting experiments. Hands-on activity keeps students engaged.
Make it Practical
It is very difficult for anyone to pay attention when learning something new if they don’t understand why they need to have this knowledge.
Give concrete examples of why the child should care about what they are learning rather than just telling them. This will promote interactivity and allow children to ask questions that will enhance their learning experience.
For example, when teaching history, it can be helpful to discuss what we can learn from things our ancestors have or have not done.
You can relate history lessons to children’s lives by discussing some of their experiences and what they have learned from them.