Friday, November 14, 2014

Tips to Help Kids to Learn to Love Learning

Disclosure: This post was made possible by Jane Brown, all opinions, ideas and content are 100% my own.

Education is a very important part of children's lives.  We all want our kids to get a good education and to love to learn and to succeed and excel in all that they do.  I know I want that for my kids.  I want to teach them as much as I can before they go to school and as they go to school.  Sadly sometimes my kids do not respond to me just sitting down and teaching them.  I have some pretty stubborn kids.  And of course one method might work with one kid but not work with another.  I learned that quickly with my two oldest kids because those two are completely different.

I think that there's not just one way to teach your kids and get them to just love to learn and enjoy doing things like reading or drawing or learning letters.  I think that if you use a combination of things and change things up then that will make them be more excited about school and education.

* Change up the surface for them to draw on
When my second oldest was in preschool he struggled (and I mean STRUGGLED) with sitting down and writing his letters.  His teacher brought it up and I of course tried and tried to get him to write his letters.  I would sit with him non stop and try to get him to trace his letters.  He wouldn't do it.  Then I came up with the idea of doing something with dry erase markers.  All of my kids have loved dry erase markers and surfaces.  So that's what I did, I created a frame that he could trace his letters.  So I think that every once in awhile, we need to ditch the pen and paper and let them create on other surfaces.  I have even let them just draw on my french doors that have glass in them, it a huge surface to just create.  

* Educational Websites  
With technology being so big right now, we should really start to embrace it. My kids are very visual kids, they learn so much better when they can see things, not just read them on paper.  They like to interact and be immersed in something.  That's what is so great about educational tech and learning assessments for students.  They can do homework on the computer but feel like they are playing a game and not just doing homework.  My kids love it!  And with many programs, you can communicate with teachers and you and them can see the children's progress.  They are awesome.

*Use every day objects to help teach
Like I said before, my kids have struggled with just sitting down and working on things.  They do not like it.  I have to make an activity of it sometimes.  Like this fall work sheet where they had to match the cereal to the letters.  It actually really worked well with them.  And I think they do better when they can make and really get a feel for the letters and words.  
alphabits coloring page (10)

*Being an example
I think one last thing that we need to do is set an example for our kids.  If you don't love to learn than it will be really hard for your kids to love to learn.  Or if you don't love to read chances are they won't love to read either.  

What things have worked for your kids?  What tips do you have?