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  • Writer's pictureDr. V.S. Gayathri

Ways To Help Get Your Child Excited About Learning!

Kids love to return to school after a break - they miss their friends, classroom fun, and so many things that shape up their childhood, and become fond memories. But sometimes, it might take time for them as well as you to get accustomed to the routine once again.

If you’re searching for fun and creative ways to prepare your kids for the new school year, here are some strategies for parents to help get their kids excited about learning:

1.     Make Learning Fun and Interactive

- Incorporate Games and Puzzles: Using resources like educational games and puzzles, board games, card games, both online and offline can make subjects like math and spelling enjoyable for your child.

- Engage in Hands-On Activities: Encourage experiential learning through activities like science experiments, art projects, and building models. These activities help children understand concepts better while keeping them engaged.

2.     Connect Learning to Real-Life Situations

- Plan Field Trips and Nature Walks: Take your child on field trips to museums, zoos, and historical sites or nature walks to explore and learn about the environment, history, and culture firsthand.

- Show Practical Applications: Demonstrate how academic concepts apply in real life. For example, cooking can teach fractions and measurements, while budgeting for a project can teach financial literacy.

3.     Encourage Reading

- Create a Reading Nook: Set up a cozy reading area at home filled with a variety of books that cater to your child’s interests.

- Organize Reading Challenges and Book Clubs: Encourage your child to participate in reading challenges with rewards for completing books or join a book club to make reading a social activity.

4.     Foster Curiosity and Critical Thinking

- Encourage Questions: Prompt your child to ask questions and explore answers together through research, experiments, or discussions.

- Support Their Interests: Provide resources for your child to delve deeper into their interests, whether it’s dinosaurs, space, or a particular sport. 

5.     Use Technology in the right way

- Leverage Educational Apps and Websites: Utilize interactive educational apps and websites that offer engaging content in subjects like math, science, and languages.

- Watch Educational Videos and Documentaries: Use educational videos and documentaries to bring subjects to life. Visual storytelling can make complex topics easier to understand and more engaging.

6.     Establish a Positive Learning Environment

- Create a Routine: Set a regular study schedule that balances learning with free time, ensuring your child is not overwhelmed.

- Celebrate Achievements: Recognize and celebrate your child’s academic and personal achievements to build confidence and motivation.

7.     Encourage Creative Expression

-        Promote Creative Writing: Prompt your child to write stories, poems, or keep a journal. Creative writing can enhance language skills and provide an outlet for self-expression.

-        Support Art and Music: Encourage activities like drawing, painting, and playing musical instruments, which can enhance creativity and cognitive skills. 

8.     Involve Them in the Learning Process

- Give Choices to Make Decisions: Allow your child to have a say in what they learn. Give them options and let them choose projects or topics they are passionate about.

- Engage in Collaborative Projects: Participate in projects that require teamwork, whether with family members or friends. Collaborative learning can make the experience more enjoyable and social.

9.     Set Goals and Provide Encouragement

- Help with Goal Setting: Assist your child in setting achievable learning goals and track their progress. Setting goals can provide direction and a sense of accomplishment.

- Use Positive Reinforcement: Encourage and motivate your child with positive reinforcement. Praise their effort and progress rather than just results.

10.  Lead by Example

- Model Lifelong Learning: Show your child that learning doesn’t stop after school. Share your own learning experiences and interests to inspire them.

- Participate in Family Learning Activities: Engage in family activities that promote learning, such as reading together, visiting new places, or learning a new skill as a family.

Parents can create a supportive and stimulating environment that fosters a love for learning in their children. One of the most important things to remember is that one must frame activities or plan things according to the likes of the child. Though, introducing new things is important, trying to abruptly force them to do something might have adverse effects.


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