As a parent, you play a significant role in your children’s education.
In fact, you are the first and the important teacher of the kid. It’s the part of your parental responsibility to support your child’s learning at home and throughout the academic years.
However, it is equally true that many kids struggle with their lessons or take time than others to grasp the things.
If your child is one of those, you need to have “out of the box” approach towards the learning of your child. In other words, you have to go beyond traditional study methods and classroom training.
Here I have compiled some efficient learning trends to keep them developing their academic skills in an exciting and fun ways.
1. Develop Early Literacy Skills:
Even before enrolling your children in a school, you can prepare them at home for the further development of reading and writing skills.
Exposing them to letters, sound and vocabulary will enhance their literacy skills.
Children who have been taught at home come to school with essential basic literacy skills.
They can read and write quickly than those who don’t have previous literacy experience at home.
In this way, they can have a good academic start.
There are many ways you can develop the early literacy skills in your children such as:
- Teaching them new words with the help of games or involving them in everyday tasks
- Using picture books
- Evoking their interest in writing alphabets
- Read sing and say nursery rhymes with them
2. Take them to the Outdoors:
Learning outside of the classroom is the unique and fun experience for your kids. In fact, outdoor education makes up at least 10 per cent to 20 per cent of curriculum time in primary and secondary schools in Singapore.
“Let Nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth
Whether it’s a forest or the park in your neighbourhood, you can see the enjoyment, and sense of wonder and delight in your children when they actively involve with their environment at outdoors.
This is because they learn and experience the things they have read only in the books so far.
For example, they have direct contact with the weather and the seasons.
They know about the nature, the environment and the ecosystem of humans, animals, plants, and lifecycles.
3. Integrate Technology with Learning:
You may worry that gadgets and computers can divert your kid’s attention from the study.
But these things can stimulate the creativity and the progressive thinking of the children if provided in the right environment and with the guidance and supervision.
In other words, technology is an efficient way to educate and teach the children.
Your child can learn the things easily while doing that over the gadget.
For example, educational games and apps make your kids learning in and fun.
They use graphics, animation, games and story-telling to make kids familiar with the basic concepts of their school subjects, whether it’s maths equation or the science experiment.
Make sure to choose the educational games and apps according to your child’s age.
4. Choose Online Learning:
We all live in the digital world where everything is done with few clicks, whether it’s shopping, banking or cab booking. And learning is no exception.
“Five years from now on the Web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world. It will be better than any single university.”
– Bill Gates in 2010
Over the years, online learning has been the popular education trend as it provides academic help to the students anytime, anywhere.
Your kid can get help from the top tutors in the comfort of his home, especially if his school teacher is not able to explain the things every time.
Online learning is also beneficial if daily commuting to tuition centre and time are the primary concerns.
5. Tell a Story:
Storytelling is an art that is useful for your children’s mental development.
Sadly, most of the parents either ignore the importance of storytelling or lack a time for the kids due to the busy schedules.
Remember, it is a tried-and-tested way to educate your children with ease.
Children are likely to ask a question at each phase of the story. You must keep them engaged by making them curious and encouraging them to ask questions.
Storytelling boosts the imagination power in kids, which in turns nurtures their creativity.
Most importantly, it increased knowledge in children as they get familiar with various places, customs, cultures, countries, human relationships and lots of things.
Coming to the academic benefits of the stories for kids, it introduces them to new vocabulary, and you can tell them the meanings of the words they come across in the story.
With these effective and practical learning tips, you can shape your children’s skill and thinking ability so that they grasp the things easily, no matter if it’s from the book or the real life.
But bear in mind that you must not impose any learning method on your children as it can hamper their interest and learning process.
Instead, encourage your kids positively, and know which method they like.