Let’s Help Our Children Enjoy Learning.
Children are naturally curious and want to learn.
Look at what your children enjoy doing as a past time and integrate that into your lessons. For example, if your child enjoys art, have them draw their learning instead of just writing and speaking about it. This is a great way to not only bond with your children, but to also get to know them on a deeper level. I use this at the beginning of the school year to initially analyze my students’ thoughts.
If your child is interested in a specific topic, have them delve deeper into it. Teach them how to ask open-ended questions and how to find the answers. Have children create projects that demonstrate their understanding about the topic and try to integrate other subjects into these lessons whenever possible.
While children may retain some of the information that you relay to them via lectures, they love playing. The best way to access their long-term memory is to teach students using games. I love playing games with my children, especially when teaching English. For example, I play Picture Bingo and Wordy Bingowith my children.
Children truly want to focus so that they can learn as much as possible. However, we should be cognizant of the fact that for many children, the amount of minutes that you have their attention for is equal to their age. Therefore, you may only have a seven year old child’s attention for about seven minutes. Plan your lessons so that you teach for that amount of time, and then give them an activity to work on. After this, give them a quick break so that they can release some energy before getting back to work.
Real Life Experiences:
When you tell a child not to touch a hot stove, for the most part, that child will touch it. From that experience of feeling burnt, they learn not to do it again. Another way to ensure that your child grasps the point of a lesson is to integrate real life experiences into your lesson. For example, if you are learning about birds then take them bird watching, or if you are learning about dinosaurs then take them to your local museum. At times, this may be out of your budget such as taking your child to another country if you are learning about a different culture. If so, create an environment that relates that that topic. Using this method, you can integrate all of the above techniques which will definitely ensure long-term retention.
Teach By Example:
Whether children realize it or not, they tend to imitate the adults in their lives. Therefore, it is important for educators and parents to set an example for their children where they see the adults reading, writing, and continuously learning. It is also essential for children to see adults make mistakes and work at solving problems so that they know that it is okay to take risks.
These six steps will not only help your child love learning, but it will also improve your teaching abilities and help build a deeper bond between you and your children.
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