How to make education fun

 

 

Wherever
you’re teaching children, whether it’s in a formal classroom, a
nursery or at home, it’s important to make the learning process
fun. Let’s face it, kids aren’t renowned for their immense powers
of concentration and if your lessons aren’t exciting and engaging
enough, you’ll struggle to hold youngsters’ interest. To help
ensure education is fun, it’s worth bearing in mind the following
top tips.
 
Bring
plenty of colour into the classroom
 
All
children have to get to grips with facts and figures, but presenting
information purely in textual form is a surefire way to make little
ones switch off. To help bring facts to life, it’s important to use
plenty of colour. For example, a great way to get youngsters to focus
on topics is to provide them with colouring exercises. It’s
possible to bring these tasks into lessons on virtually any subject.
Whether you’re teaching your kids about history, geography, science
or anything else, you can incorporate some colouring.
 
Also,
it’s a good idea to use lots of vibrant colours when you’re
decorating your learning area. Attractive educational posters make
superb additions to classrooms and it’s always useful to create
displays from kids’ work too. As well as looking fab, these
displays can give youngsters a real sense of pride.
 
Keep
your art cupboard well stocked
 
On a
related point, it’s helpful to have a well-stocked art cupboard
complete with plenty of paints and other materials. As long as you
cover any desks and flooring and provide your kids with aprons, you
won’t have to worry about them making a mess. You can theme your
art projects around topics you’re working on during lessons and on
events as they take place throughout the year. For example, in the
run-up to Christmas, you may want to get your children to make
greetings cards.
 
Get
kids out in the garden
 
If
you have an outdoor area, even if it’s a modest patio space or
balcony, use it to get children out in the open air doing some
gardening. It’s important that youngsters have an appreciation of
the environment around them, and gardening can help them to get in
tune with the natural world.
 
Gardening
lessons can complement a range of other subjects too. For example,
you can get your children to observe the lifecycle of plants, create
a garden newsletter, construct habitats for wildlife, measure
rainfall amounts and more. Meanwhile, by encouraging kids to plant
fruit, vegetables and herbs, you can also get them more interested in
food.
 
Cook
up a storm
 
Sticking
to this theme, cooking lessons are great for young learners. Whether
you’re using produce that your students have grown themselves or
shop-bought ingredients, these sessions teach kids valuable life
skills and they are great fun too.
 
Make
sure you select recipes that are easy to follow and try to choose
versions that your children will enjoy eating afterwards. Cakes and
biscuits are always a hit, but if you want to opt for something
healthier, you may want to go for recipes containing plenty of
healthy ingredients, such as real fruit lollies. Bread is another
great choice. Making loaves and buns is a therapeutic activity for
youngsters and, by letting them come up with their own shapes, you
can help them to channel their creativity.
 
Make
a racket
 
Children
love to sing, dance and generally make a racket, and so music lessons
can be a real treat. With some basic instruments, such as recorders,
drums and tambourines, you can create a whole range of lessons that
teach children about rhythm and harmonies, and get them to work
effectively in groups.
 
As
long as you make sure that you provide lots of different activities
and resources for your youngsters to make the most of, you should be
able to ensure that, as well as helping kids to develop and learn,
education is fun.

Author
bio:
Anna Longdin writes
regularly about childcare and education. She visits sites such
as
Wellfield
International Au Pair & Nanny Agency
to ensure she
stays up to date on all the latest industry news and developments.
 
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