Why do you think entertainment is essential to education? The main reason is because fun, pleasure and excitement are all key components to keep your student engaged. In fact, studies have proven that having fun has a positive effect on people’s motivation levels. Making the homeschooling experience fun allows the student to stay curious and interested, leading them to come back for more.
As we all know, learning is not something you just do in a day; it requires repetition and hard work. If the homeschooler loses interest, it will be more challenging for them to retain new information. This is why it is a good idea to break the monotony of studying by introducing fun activities. The good news is that homeschooling gives you the freedom to be more creative in your teaching approach.
For those who are just starting with homeschool or looking for new ideas to break the routine, these are some suggestions to keep your classes lively:
- Be enthusiastic. A child can feed off energy from you, so if you are lethargic or not in the mood during the lessons, this will also negatively affect them. Lessons are more memorable if you just put in effort. It is important to be energetic. Tell anecdotes, make them laugh – it is about making the environment comfortable for both of you. Remember, enthusiasm is contagious.
- Utilize the child’s learning style. Each child has their own learning style. For example, they can be a visual or auditory learner. As the parent, you have an advantage because you already know how your child processes information. This will help you in deciding your teaching approach. For example, if your child is a visual learner, you will want to use more visual aids or photos in your lessons. Perhaps show documentaries or educational videos. On the other hand, if they are auditory learners, you can read to them aloud or let them listen to audio books during self-study.
- Add games into the lessons. Learning does not always have to mean you need sit all day and do schoolwork. You can mix things up by playing games while you teach your child new information. You can do this with board games for example, where they will need to solve a problem each time they land at a certain card. Or to make it simpler, you can play catch while you make your child practice the multiplication table. There are many games that you can play to make learning fun, without even having to spend money on it.
- Teach subjects they are interested in. One of the best ways to keep your child engaged in learning is to let them choose certain topics they want to study. For example, if you are studying history, you can ask them what topic they would like to learn (i.e. World War I, Napoleonic Era, etc.).
- Do field trips. Unlike public or private schools, you can plan out field trips as often as you would like. Field trips provide real-life lessons for children. Whether it is by visiting a museum or going to the zoo, children get a fun learning experience.
Since homeschooling is already challenging enough for both parent and child, these fun activities will help both of you enjoy the experience more.