Are good students born or made? This is an age-old question with varying answers. Whichever way you choose to look at it, the truth is that all good students had to study to get to where they are. Yes, personality has something to do with academic success, but it is the effort they put in that gets most students to the top.
The one mistake parents and teachers make, it to restrict learning to school. Yes, it is possible to teach your child at home. Even better? You can make home learning fun! This will go a long way in enhancing your baby’s desire and ability to learn.
Here are 10 hacks you can use to make learning fun for your preschooler!
10. Turn Learning Into A Game
Babies love games! The best way to get your child interested in anything is by turning it into a game.
Grab a packet of M&M’s and ask your child to sort them out into different colors, after which they can eat their favorite colors. You can even create a treasure hunt into your house. Hide treats around your house and give your child clues that they can use to find the goodies.
Make it so that your child enjoys learning without even knowing it. This will definitely come in handy when they are old enough to carry out chores.
9. Be Artistic
Time to get messy, so go to the store and get some art supplies!
If your child has expressed interest in artistic activities, then you should use this to your advantage. Ask your child to paint ordinary household objects or even take them to an outdoor setting. This also includes creating items such as bean bags and musical instruments with your child.
Here’s the thing, if your child is truly passionate about drawing, they will find a way of doing it with or without your help. If you are not ready to come home to crayon-colored walls, then you might want to be supportive.
8. Find Musical Learning Materials
The best way to get your child to remember something is by turning it into a song. For instance, if you are teaching your preschoolers about shapes, look for common household items that they can associate the shapes with e.g., square like a tabletop, circle like a hula-hoop, etc.
You then have to come up with a captivating song to tie the whole learning experience together.
Don’t worry if you have zero musical creativity because there are many songs out there. You only have to download the videos and sing along with your child.
7. Let Your Child Be In Control
One of the main reasons why babies dislike learning from home is because parents tend to micromanage their activities. You’re guilty, aren’t you? Well, it’s time to let your baby take over!
If you give your child a drawing task, allow them to be in control, even though they will probably get messy and draw outside the lines. If your preschooler is in charge of the measurements, let them do it their own way.
It is not about perfection but about making learning fun for your child. Remember that every time you feel your child should have done a certain activity better.
6. Use Storytelling
When taking your child to bed, do they insist that you read them a bedtime story? If so, then you should use this as a learning opportunity. Look for children’s books, preferably those that are accompanied by creative animations, and then read them out to your child.
For storytelling, your voice has to match the scene in the story to make it more realistic and to leave a lasting impression. The secret to using storytelling as a fun learning strategy is to allow your child to ask questions at the end of each story. You then have to answer each question as creatively as possible.
5. Create A Puppet Theater
If your preschooler is a fan of animations and the cinema, then this would be a great learning strategy. The best way to turn your child into a great learner is by focusing on their areas of interest. Use dinosaur puppets if your baby is crazy about them or normal puppets if they don’t have a preference.
Turn the puppets into teachers and use animated voices to make the lessons more fun. For this strategy, however, you should use it sparingly as babies have a very short attention span and might get bored if you drag it out.
4. Use DIY Projects
Everybody loves DIY, your preschooler included! They are fun, interactive and can sometimes be messy, which is a huge plus for your child.
Create DIY experiments that turn into learning experiences for your child. For instance, you could create a musical instrument to arouse interest in music or mix ordinary household liquids to teach them about water density and viscosity.
Turn ordinary household activities into exciting experiments for your preschooler. You could even bake cookies and then ask your child to share them evenly among the family members. The possibilities are endless!
3. Turn Your House Into A Learning Laboratory
Your house is an educational gold mine just waiting for you to discover it.
Take a moment and look around your house; how many shapes do you see? How many letters are lying around? Do you have pictures on the wall? All these are educational materials that your preschooler can use. Ask them to identify a particular shape all over the house and make a game out of it.
Your kitchen, in particular, should be a mathematical hub. As you cook, allow your child to help you, albeit by counting items and measuring.
2. Use Screen Time
Is screen time good for your child, or is it harmful? Every parent seems to have an opinion when it comes to screen time. However, productive screen time is healthy for your child as long as it is limited, and your child is under supervision.
Thanks to technology, there are so many kid-friendly games and programs that can make learning fun for your child. Research on the best educational screen time activities and then allocate time for them. If possible, you should play these games with your child or watch the shows with them to make them more interactive.
1. Be A Good Role Model
When it comes to learning new things, enthusiasm is infectious. If you want your child to be really interested in learning activities, you have to be passionate about them. How you perceive education impacts your kid’s learning experience a lot.
Make this a learning opportunity for you and your child and be genuinely interested in discovering new things. Your child will be intrigued by the excitement and joy learning brings you and without knowing it, they will begin to share your interests.
If you want your child to have fun when learning, make sure it is fun for you too.