Leading the Way: 4 Methods for Teaching Children to Love Learning
By Viki Adams
Kids that enjoy the learning process often earn higher grades than those who dislike school or find it boring.
Parents, caregivers, and teachers can teach children to love learning for its own sake along with the subject material being taught. The following techniques can make learning more fun and meaningful than the traditional textbook-based teaching style.
Children who learn to appreciate books from an early age will appreciate the time spent reading with an adult.
Sharing a story and illustrations not only helps to convey lessons from the book but also helps to build positive learning experiences with family members and educators. Depending on the student’s age, this can be done in various ways.
Preschool-age kids love listening to stories by adults who mimic the characters’ voices and add sound effects.
Bringing the story to life in auditory ways makes it much more interesting than just hearing the basic story. You might even play low-key background music during storytime to enhance its meaningfulness.
Elementary-age children often enjoy sharing the story by taking character parts or reading alternate pages and sections.
Some kids might prefer to do most of the reading with adults explaining how to pronounce unfamiliar words or define their meaning.
If your child is having trouble with reading, then there are programs like Orton Gillingham that can help those with difficulty.
Sharing a learning experience like reading makes it more important to children. They learn from watching how adults do things and getting involved in the learning experience with them makes it likelier they will stick with it and appreciate its value.
This can work with any educational topic, including math and science, although kids may need to take the lead and be guided by adults to give the lesson more impact.
Teaching children to be creative is one of the best learning tools you can give them. Making videos, books, puzzles, and games as well as science projects, math formulas, and art projects are exciting and fun for kids of all ages.
You can find many online samples or downloadable projects at sites like Instagram, or you may prefer to design your own.
Materials you have at home can be useful and affordable. For example, teach them how to sew patches for a family or classroom memory quilt for the COVID-19 pandemic or another cultural or historical event.
Children can learn to sew costumes or clothing items worn by ancestors in early American colonies or in Europe, Africa, or Asia. Wooden popsicle sticks can be used to build a fort or a log cabin along with Native American 17th-century lodges.
Older children can be trained to use carpentry tools to make furniture in definitive styles used by certain people groups or popular in specific time periods.
Clay models of famous people or historic landmarks underscore children’s appreciation and respect for their cultural background.
Kids love to trade roles with adults and become authoritarian figures. You can adapt any lesson to this activity by helping children learn more in-depth information that they can test their adult pupils on after presenting it from an instructional perspective.
When you enable them to learn about topics of great interest, typically unusual creatures, or phenomena that they know little about, children often dive in to learn all they can and become pseudo-experts.
Empowering them in teaching roles helps to build their confidence and develop their leadership abilities while feeding their desire to learn.
An adult who plays the student’s role can ask questions and model desirable learning behaviors they want the kids to learn. These living demonstrations teach kids how to be active learners in the classroom and in everyday life.
Play acting by using props, sets, and costumes is one of the most entertaining ways to involve children in the learning process. It is also good preparation for the future when they may have to role play for a training situation at work.
Preparing the set for a dramatic depiction of a key event is exciting in itself. Props also activate the imagination as kids find everyday objects that can be used or learn to make their own suitable for the role-play experience.
Costumes can be made from patterns or bought cheaply at a thrift store or online, along with wigs and fake eyeglasses or costume jewelry. Children of all ages enjoy dressing up and pretending to be someone else.
Take advantage of this natural inclination by centering a unit lesson on the use of drama. Then film it for future reinforcement and entertainment.
Learning is more than reading a book or writing assignments. Children can become enthralled by the opportunity to learn something new when given guidance and encouragement by the adults in their lives.
Take stock of the resources you have or can buy inexpensively and plan creative learning activities to help your children or students love every valuable lesson and never forget it.
More About Viki Adams
Viki Adams is a freelance blogger from Utah. She is a student at Utah Valley University who is majoring in Business Administration. Viki loves to read and write about new subjects and you can connect with her on LinkedIn right here.