It’s been a while since you have heard a different voice in this space other than mine. Well, time to change that! 🙂
The last guest post I featured was from Katie Femia, the author of Peacock Swamp The Nine. She wrote a week long series for my readers on how to work from home. If you missed it, you can find all of them here.
Today is a new day and I want to feature a wonderful post from Aradhana Pandey. She is freelance writer and owns several noteworthy pieces all over online. I found this particular article from Wikihow especially useful, which is also written by our guest writer! You can find her full bio at the end of this post!
Five Easy Fun Ways to Help Children Learn
The enriching journey of learning never stops. You’re never too old or too learned to grasp a new thought or ideology. The most well-read scientist in this world will surely have a thing or two to learn from a romance novelist. The head-honcho at a multinational corporation will be amazed at the insights that a homemaker can bring to his corporate strategy. Have you thought about what a long way your child has to go when it comes to learning? During the formative years of your child’s life, his mind is like a sponge; it soaks up whatever it’s given. The key thing you need to address to ensure that your child is a good learner is to spark up his willingness to learn. Here are five easy fun ways to help children learn:
- Encourage Reading and Writing – Kids introduced to and writing from an early age are more likely to be fast learners as compared to the rest. Ensure that along with narrating tales to your child, you also encourage him to read on his own, right from the age of 3. Introduce the concept of family reading where each of you takes turns to read out fun stories to the others in the family. Post each reading session, ask your child to pen down his learnings, views and thoughts in a diary. Surround your child with educative books, inspiring posters and other reading material.
- Reinforce Self Expression – Give your child an opportunity to express his opinions about things that matter to him. Encourage him to suggest various ideas about different subjects and avoid ridiculing his point of view by using statements like -“you’re just a child”, “you don’t know anything”. If your child doesn’t open up easily, take the initiative to strike up a conversation about topics relating to his school, his favourite book or TV show, his hobbies, etc. Take his inputs on family matters so as to make him feel like his viewpoint is respected.
- Promote Peer-to-Peer Discussions – Often children are made to stick to what they learn in their school books. They are not pushed to think beyond, and it becomes a lifelong habit that can even stunt their thinking capabilities. Make sure that you encourage the habit of holding stimulating discussions among your child and his classmates and friends. Just how you promote group play, encourage group study among your child and his peers. Let each of the kids ask each other thought provoking questions concerning the “whats”, “whys” and “hows” of a story or subject after studying their lessons.
- Applaud Achievements and Encourage Interests – Who doesn’t love words of encouragement and praise? Remember, just how you long to hear words of praise from the superiors at your workplace, your child also looks up to you for constant appreciation and encouragement. Whether your child excels at a math test or at his science fair, make sure you don’t let any achievement, big or small go unnoticed. If he displays keenness to learn a particular subject or topic, say, the universe, support him with material that adds onto his learnings. Avoid stifling your child’s world with limited options – let him be an explorer and learner.
- Introduce New Hobbies And Interests – One of the easy fun ways to help children learn is to introduce new hobbies and interests. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t display particular interest in any field or area of study. Many kids take time to discover their area of interest. You can take an initiative and introduce your child to the concept of reading through fancy 3D and tactile books; to art, through simple drawing and coloring pages; to sports, through soccer, swimming or basketball classes and academics, through encyclopedias, visits to the planetarium, museums, etc.
It is important that you believe in your child’s thinking and grasping capabilities. All that he needs is to be put on the right path. Make sure the atmosphere that you provide to your child boosts his creativity, rather than curbing it. Regularly ask him intriguing questions about his school, surroundings and areas of interests that keep his mind ticking. Display model behavior by reading a lot of books yourself. The learning base that you set for your child today is what will make him shine tomorrow.
Hope you enjoyed reading Five Easy Fun Ways to Help Children Learn. If you have more fun ideas to share on this topic, please feel free to use the comment section!
Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular sites like natural news, elephant journal, thehealthsite, naturally savvy, curejoy and MomJunction.com, Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.