It’s not uncommon for children to find learning and school boring. They may not engage with what they learn and, even if there are some subjects your child enjoys, there will be others that they might find more difficult or dull. Every person is different, and everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.
However, one way to help your child get the most out of what they are learning (yes, even the boring subjects), is to teach your children to have fun while they learn. Here are some ways that you can do this, no matter your child’s age.
The best way to set your child up for a successful learning experience is to start early. Babies and toddlers are constantly learning and developing, and as parents, it’s up to you to guide them. Toddlers primarily learn through play, which is fantastic because they naturally find playing a great deal of fun.
You will find that your toddler will prefer certain activities more than others as their personalities and preferences develop. This is by no means a bad thing. Encourage them to foster their interests, while also making sure that they spend some time exploring other games and picking up other skills.
Daycare programs are a great tool, as they introduce children to other kids their age, helping them to develop their social skills. They also make early friendships and get used to a school-adjacent environment, setting them up for formal education.
Styles of Learning
As your child gets older, they may go to school, or you might decide to go into home education. No matter what you choose, it’s a good idea to become familiar with teaching methods and what your child is learning.
If your child is struggling with a certain subject, then spend time with them and help them learn. Many teachers will know about the VARK model, which explores the four different types of learning. These are:
- Reading and writing
- Kinesthetic (active)
Everyone learns differently, and some may learn better when using one or more of those learning styles. Pick up on how your child learns best, and then you can teach them in a more engaging way.
Hobbies and Interests
As well as their formal education, it’s important that children learn in different environments. Extra-curricular activities help children to develop in a more well-rounded way, as well as provide opportunities for making friends and picking up new skills.
A good hobby is a wonderful thing for a child, and you can encourage them to find a hobby that they will enjoy. It’s important to find a balance between encouraging your child and being too pushy. If you try to force your child into a hobby, or push them to excel, then they might become burnt out and lose enjoyment.
Instead, let them guide the hobby. If it requires regular practice, then encourage them to keep up with it, but a good way to teach responsibility and self-discipline is to get them to be responsible for their own hobby.