Make Learning Fun Again for Kids Who Learn from Home during the Pandemic

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For kids, staying home for long without the regular extracurricular activities like playing with their friends can cause a loss of motivation in academic studies. This is especially true during the Covid-19 pandemic as most kids have shifted to online learning. 

The good news is by making learning fun for kids, parents can give them that extra boost needed to concentrate and be interested in studies. To keep your kids engaged and motivated, here are some useful ways you can make learning more fun and interesting for them.

 

1. Play Learning Games

Play games that get your kids moving while learning about a range of subjects. We call this putting learning in motion. Start with a simple game that teaches farm animals, numbers, colours (make a hue scavenger hunt! ), and shapes to kids.

Adapt the game to include anatomy, world government, foreign language, and history for school-aged kids. The only limit to what you can teach with this game is your imagination.

 

2. Practise Writing

Writing is a skill that your kids will utilize for the rest of their lives. Teach them to write using techniques other than a pencil and paper.

Get messy if you like. Allow them to trace. Connect the dots. Make letters out of Play-Doh or scribble letters with shaving cream.

They’ll have fun and will be better prepared for school. If you have preschoolers, assist them in learning the alphabet and the actions associated with each letter.

 

3. Plant a Garden

There’s more to gardening than putting a seed in the ground and waiting for it to sprout. Gardens combine science, nutrition, and patience into a single patch of earth in your backyard.

Kids can learn how plants come to life in a garden. It’s also a simple method to teach them about nutrition and encourage them to consume the veggies they planted.

School-aged kids can keep a gardening notebook, learn how to identify plants by their scientific names, and grow more challenging species.

 

4. Explore World Cultures

Take the textbook off the table. With a little imagination, you can teach your kid about foreign cultures in a way that makes learning fun while also broadening their understanding of other cultures and ways of life.

Your kid will never see the world the same way again. Most private and international school kids will love doing crafts that they can discover in other countries and experiencing authentic dishes that you prepare together.

School-aged children can learn about cultural etiquette, write to a pen pal in that country, and learn words in the official language.

 

5. Learn Phonics Basics

One of the most valuable gifts you can offer your child is the ability to read. Learning the fundamentals of phonics (the concept that letters create certain sounds) helps children prepare for spelling and reading.

You don’t have to sit on a chair and repeat letter sounds indefinite. Instead of a boring lesson, try activities that make learning phonics fun.

To bring their phonics teachings to life, kids can play games (looking for objects that start with specific sounds), seek for letters, create alphabet books, and even use a digital camera.

 

6. Get Active

This is perhaps the least used type of learning in traditional institutions. For kids, getting them up and moving about, performing various exercises and motions, can be extremely beneficial.

If you’re learning new sight words, for example, draw them in chalk on the sidewalk and have your kid jump to each one as you call it out.

 

In a Nutshell

Most kids in private and international schools like to be hands-on and experiment with new things. For these kids, do-it-yourself crafts, science experiments, and open-ended construction are ideal. Giving them too many instructions or projects that are simple to predict may not be appealing to them.

Thanks to the power of the Internet, today, kids can discover knowledge and learn by creating their experiments and projects. As a parent, all we have to do is allow them the freedom to pursue their interests and support them when they need it.