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Fun is the Greatest Teacher: How to Make Playtime Learning Time

Homeschooling your children is the only way to really guarantee that not only do they learn what they need to according to the government, but that they learn according to their strengths. Not only that, but it’s how you can ensure that they become curious, well-rounded adults. Sometimes homeschooling is a choice, other time’s it’s more of a necessity when you live more rurally, but done right, it can be a great choice for any parent. That’s because fun is the greatest teacher, and you can make even playtime learning time with these tips:

Opt for Creative Toys

Toys that allow children to express themselves, and to make stories or otherwise express their creativity are always important. That is because it is how children learn, process, and act out the social norms they see. It is how they develop, and it is how they learn. Lego, for instance, is an excellent toy that teaches creativity and problem-solving. You could even take it one step further and bring real-life Lego problem solving to the table by making your child a play area and storage cabinet from this Safestore tutorial.

Learning with Their Hands

There are so many ways that people learn. Some are visual learners, others learn better when the information is spoken out loud, and some thrive on tactile learning. Knowing what your child needs and catering to how they learn is one of the benefits of homeschooling, which is why you should get them to learn with their hands as much as possible. Make science experiments fun, teach them how to cook, how to garden, how to fix clothes and make simple things. They will not only understand the mechanics of science-based skills, like mechanics or chemistry, but they will also live a more sustainable and well-rounded life.

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Days Out That Teach and Excite

Playtime is always full of learning. For instance, sports teach teamwork, hand-eye coordination, strategy, and problem-solving. Going on a day out to an aquarium can be hugely informative, both in learning about the creatures and applying them to geographical locations. Days out are great ways to teach and excite your children, you just need to reinforce what they have learned to ensure they make the most of the learning opportunity.

How to Reinforce Lessons

Making songs, asking questions, and having your children explain what they have learned or what they have deduced are great ways for them to not only learn how to explain themselves better but to reinforce the lessons that they have learned. You can make it into a Jeopardy-style game, or add other fun elements to make even this portion of ensuring they remember their lessons fun. This shouldn’t be a drill; it should be an extra measure to ensure that they can relate what they have learned to real life.

Becoming an educated, capable adult is so much more than theoretical learning. It’s applying that theoretic learning to real life. Teaching through fun activities, and making the learning process a rewarding one can make them life-long learners that can succeed in whatever they do.  

Talk to me in the comments, please:

What are some ways that you make fun times educational? 

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