How to Make Learning More Fun and Exciting for Kids

Ivan Dimitrijevic By Ivan Dimitrijevic, 15th Aug 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/hl1nl1im/
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Making kids love learning isn't accomplished through nagging - here are a few practical tips to help you out.

Introduction

Kids are highly energetic little beings who prefer to roam around freely and explore the world around them, and when we try to sit them down in front of a book for hours on end, they tend to lose focus and get bored or even frustrated. However, their brains also practically devour new information and they can learn at an astonishing pace, as long as they find an activity fun and engaging.

The biggest problem parents come across when trying to get their kids to study is that these developing young minds find the traditional methods of picking up new information, i.e. reading a book over and over, too limiting and quite boring. So, how do we make things more dynamic and fun, and how do we effectively help our children develop the discipline and passion needed to learn new information faster and retain it much longer?

Well, it’s all about encouraging a growth mindset, which can work wonders for anyone from students to entrepreneurs, and there are a few fairly simple ways to do this.

Avoid the slippery slope of a reward system

In the olden days parents and teachers weren’t above administering physical punishment when kids failed to study hard enough, but while the popular modern method of getting them motivated through rewards is much more humane, it also has its drawbacks.

You have to remember that you are not training a dog here – children are highly intelligent and can quickly pick up on what you are trying to do and then use their clever little minds to find ways of cheating the system and getting what they want.
You want all that creative energy to be invested in studying, so it’s best to get them excited about learning for the sake of improving themselves, instead of having them work towards a physical reward.

Provide a wide variety of resources for them

We’ve all been there – you open a book and stare at page upon page of text, without being able to move around, and every little noise seems to draw your attention away from the task at hand. Luckily, we live in a high tech world now, a world where it’s easy to find interesting information outside of what’s written in a boring textbook.

Allow your kids to roam the internet for great educational websites and fun little tidbits that not a lot of people know about on a particular subject, find ways of connecting the material they are learning with some of their favorite topics of interest and don’t be afraid to make the whole experience more dynamic by throwing educational videos and practical examples into the mix.

Encourage them to take on difficult tasks and dig deeper

You can pick up the bare basics of any subject after about week of casual research, but we are not looking to make our kids memorize someone else’s opinions or a quick rundown of a particular topic, are we? The goal is to get kids to look at a problem from different angles and keep growing their knowledge day after day.

You can help them find interesting math problems that require logical thinking and have them compete with you to see who can solve them first, tell them about knightly armor or pirate ships to get them interested in a particular historical period or have them hold a class on biology, where you can help them create cool props and drawings.

As long as the activity sounds fun, and you explain to them that there’s much more to a topic than what is in their textbook, they will be eager to learn more so that they can show off.

Create a fun quiz to review the material they’ve covered so far

The best way to review all the information they’ve learned is to organize a sort of quiz, where you’ll hear them out and ask a few “bonus questions”. It’s best to talk to them about what they’ve learned right after the learning session, then have them prepare an outline for tomorrow's presentation and quiz about an hour later, when they’ve had a chance to rest, and then have a big review session in 24 hours and another one after about a week. This will help keep the information fresh in their minds for much longer.

These are just some of the proven ways to teach your kids that learning can be fun and exciting, and I’m sure that you can come up with a bunch of great tactics of your own based on these suggestions. Just remember, it’s about creating good habits and making the learning process more engaging, not forcing your children to read or bribing them with gifts.

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Education, Kids, Parenting

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author avatar Ivan Dimitrijevic
Ivan Dimitrijevic is a seasoned blogger and SEO consultant with years of experience. His set of skills includes Social Media Marketing, SEO and blogging on a wide variety of topics.

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