Do you remember being a child just staring at the clock, just waiting for lunch, recess, or at least trying to get out of school for the day? There’s just so much anticipation, and you’re just waiting for your freedom. Well, if you think about it, it’s most likely not too different for your child, either. It’s not so much that school is boring, but it’s just school, no explanation needed.
With that said, when it comes to homeschooling, there’s probably going to be a point where you’re kid is anticipating the end of the day so they can go about doing something more fun, such as video games. Now, it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with your child, and it doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong when you’re homeschooling your little one. In fact, all of this is totally natural for a child! But is there any way to make learning more fun?
Instead of “yay, school’s over for the day,” would you rather your child not feel that way at all? Well, it’s going to be all about how they’re taught. So, keep reading on to learn about the unique ways you can teach your little one about learning and how they can have loads of fun in the process.
Go for something hands-on
Have you ever considered going for something more hands-on when it comes to learning? When you were in school, there was probably a very high chance that you had the most fun learning through this route, right? It’s not only fun for your child, but this could be fun for you too. Besides, some things are better off being hands-on; think about waves for kids, for example. You can only teach so much through the books, so going with something more hands-on is going to be the best approach.
Get others involved
So if you’re homeschooling your little one, this could be a slight challenge, but it doesn’t immediately mean that your little one needs to be alone if you can; try to have others involved, whether it be yourself or maybe another pair of homeschooled kids. In fact, if your kid is in a club, something like this could even be utilized too. So, why get others involved? Well, this is going to teach your child more ways than one.
Your little one needs to gain teamwork skills; it’s something everyone needs for their career. Plus, group work encourages communication and empathy, and it can honestly be fun working with others. Everyone is going to have different levels of knowledge, so bringing this in can be a nice way to learn. It’s unique, it’s fun, and it’s something that doesn’t occur too often, either.
Ask them what they learned
For many teachers, they’ll either barrage their students with questions or give with a pop quiz to see what they learned. This isn’t always the best approach. For starters, it’s not teaching a kid to learn, only to memorize. Plus, this is nothing but pressure, and fast-paced pressure is the worst when it comes to a child. So, why not go for a different approach? Kids love talking about a given topic that they truly have a passion for. So why not ask them what they learned?
Better yet, why not get them to teach you? This alone is going to give them the confidence they need to keep going on.
If they’re willing to teach it and explain it, then this is certainly proof that they know what they’re talking about. So, how is this teaching them? Well, it’s a unique way to help them retain information that they just learned. There’s going to be that lack of pressure to pass like pop quizzes and exams have.
Keep them curious
Chances are, you also have a little one that asks “why” all the time, right? Well, encourage this behavior (but with limits). It’s perfectly okay for a child to stay curious! In fact, it’s something that should certainly be encouraged too! Curiosity is a character strength; it helps challenge thoughts and perspectives within themselves and others surrounding them. Plus, this is pretty vital when it comes to learning too. You want them to be happy; you want them to engage in critical thinking. So what better way than to keep them feeling curious?
In the end, what matters most is getting your child to embrace their education. Learning doesn’t have to be one size fits all. What may work best for one child may not work best for another. Besides, this is what homeschooling is all about, getting to take a unique approach to education. You can go outside of the norms to set up your child for success!
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