The concept of semi-structured learning should be introduced far before preschool or kindergarten. To do this, sign your kids up for classes in arts, crafts, or music at an early age. Also, set aside blocks of time several times a week for specific learning projects. This could be reading together before bedtime, completing an art project, or learning how to do something they have never tried before.
Make Learning Fun
Next up, make learning as fun as possible and find methods of learning that combine visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning. This will ensure that all learning styles are covered. For example, playing board games as a family is an excellent learning tool, even if the games are quite elementary for the adults. As your children get older, increase the difficulty of the games you choose. Also look for electronic learning games and apps, that can be played solo or as a family.
Stick to a Homework Schedule
Even at a young age, kid’s schedules often rival that of adults, so you must prioritize homework time. If their schedules are so busy that homework is the last thing they do at the end of a long day, they may begin to feel stressed out—or to feel as though learning is no longer fun. While the homework schedule may not be the same every week, or every day of the week—make sure homework time comes first. Also make sure that your kids have a quiet and comfortable place to study. Encourage them to ask for help and check their work once they are done.
Participate in Educational Activities
To keep learning fun, keep kids of all ages engaged by participating in educational activities. This includes watching age-appropriate educational TV stations and TV shows—but also look for fun educational things you can do in your local area. Visit local museums, historical sites, fairs, and events where learning and fun go hand-in-hand.
Keep Kids Engaged Out of the Classroom
While your kids may count down the minutes until the weekend, parents must keep children mentally stimulated while on break. The good news is, there are many ways to keep your kids engaged. Here are a few ideas:
- Sign the kids up for activity camp, either day camp or actual camping
- Sign up for the Book Club at the library
- Find some fun activity books or electronic apps
- Do arts and crafts at home
- Cook and bake together. Learn fun facts about each ingredient
- Sign up for both year-round and summer classes—music, art, dance, etc.
The tips above are designed to help kids develop healthy study and learning skills at a young age. Also keep in mind that young children want to learn. If presented with the opportunity— children are likely to jump in. Help stimulate your child’s mind and start inspiring a lifelong love for learning by enrolling them into Tender Care Learning Centers. Our nationally recognized early education programs focus on opening new opportunities for your child to learn and grow. Visit a Tender Care Learning Center near you today, and discover how we can help keep your child engaged with their education.