“If children have interest, education happens.”
- Sir Arthur C Clarke
Most of us associate learning with many things—most of them unpleasant—anything but fun! And this notion invariably transfers on to our children. In reality, learning is a truly exhilarating, enriching and transforming experience. All it needs is for learning to be made interesting for children, and for this we need to trigger their curiosity and fuel their enthusiasm. Here are some fun ways in which your child can learn.
If you want your child to be a success, don’t limit her learning to the four walls of the classroom. The world around us is inspiring and we can learn a lot if we just pause and look around. Camp outdoors with the kids; go on a fishing trip, or even a nature hike. Point out anything new that you see with enthusiasm. Encourage them to explore the things that fascinate them. Chances are that they’ll return from their trip wanting to learn more about all the things they witnessed.
There are many games that can stimulate your child’s mind. Open-ended play tools such as blocks, help in developing a child’s creative expression and problem-solving skills. Chess and Rubic’s cube, can help to get them to think strategically, foresee consequences and make decisions. Games like Scrabble and Boggle help develop their vocabulary. Let them play the games they like regularly.
Read to your kids at a young age, even as early as six months. As toddlers, they will bring books for you to read to them. Fill your home with books and reading material, and set an example by reading in your free time. Books, no matter what their content, are full of information and help to fuel your child's imagination. Reading is a skill that forms the crux of learning, and an avid reader is bound to show more interest in studies, as well as finding them easier to understand.
The right brain plays a key role in developing imaginative and creative skills. Activities like music, dance and sports help to stimulate the right brain, and increase IQ and concentration. Show enthusiasm in your child’s hobbies, and encourage him to pursue the hobbies that he shows interest in.
Believe it or not, cooking can teach your children a lot! Apart from being a basic survival skill, the kitchen can be an ideal classroom to teach counting and basic math. They can absorb the rudiments of science from seeing how boiling milk separates when you add lime, or how baking soda helps a cake rise or how a good egg sinks to the bottom of a cup full of water. They can also learn about various countries and the food they are famous for, while experimenting with different cuisines.
The most effective learning happens when learners have fun. Children can draw inspiration and learn from anything, anywhere. They should always be encouraged to do what they love, and choose what they want to learn and how. Once learning becomes a healthy addiction, there’s no stopping them!