Keeping Kids Keen to Learn
After 6 weeks away from school, it can be hard for kids to get back into the swing of things and pay full attention
in class. They sit in the classroom and daydream of the holidays - sleeping in late, playing during the day, catching up on video games and, probably their favourite, no homework at night.
It’s easy to understand why most of our children don’t look forward to going back to school. After all, as adults we all dread returning to work after a holiday! But all is not lost, there are plenty of ways we can help them to be more excited to return to school and keen to learn - keep reading to find out more!
Education can be fun!
This is possibly one of the most important things that we can teach our kids - learning really can be fun. As well as lessons during school and homework after school, children are constantly learning new things. Whether it be broadening their vocabulary through reading books, learning a new language through websites and apps or improving their visual and coordination skills through video games, there are so many ways that kids can learn while having fun.
If you’re stuck for things to do at weekends, you can take trips to educational attractions such as museums -they’ll have a great time while also learning new information. A perfect win-win situation.
Kids love games
It’s no secrets that kids love games, hence why apps that incorporate gamification (such as Pokemon Go)
are so popular and addictive. So why not use this to your advantage? Turn tasks that you set your children into
gamification - give them rewards when they complete tasks such as homework.
The main thing to remember with this, is to ensure that the rewards are educative and fun. Allow them to play video games for a set amount of time (educational games of course), buy them new books that they love or take them to an educational attraction at the weekend.
If kids are having fun when learning, they don’t always realise they’re learning. The main benefit to this is that they will be constantly learning which will help keep them more attentive and switched on during school.
Once we leave educational establishments (school, college, university) learning becomes a very different experience. You aren’t required to do homework to reiterate what you’ve learnt, you don’t have to sit in a classroom all day - instead, it’s all down to you to find new ways in which to learn.
Helping your kids to understand this and also understand why school is so important will help keep them passionate about learning and encourage them to explore new ways of learning.
So there you have it, the best ways in which you can keep kids keen to learn. Why not try out these techniques this year and see the difference it makes?