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How to Get Your Child Excited About Learning From Home

Make learning engaging and fun during the pandemic times,
using these simple tips

Brother helping his sister learning from home
During the pandemic parental responsibilities have grown, including
learning from a distance, to make it engaging and fun. 
(Image: Envato)

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closing of schools across the world, sending children home to learn from a distance. Many children struggled as they adjusted to a distance learning education overseen by parents who were also working from home. A positive home learning experience can make a huge difference in your child's learning. Get your child excited about learning from home and make the experience great for both of you with these simple tips.

Keep a Daily Schedule

Your child had a structured day at school each day where they knew what was going to happen and what was expected of them. The same needs to happen at home. Your child needs to think of their home education as an extension of school rather than a vacation or snow day.

Work with your child to make a schedule. It doesn't have to be to-the-minute but should have a time for when your child should be awake and ready when they should be engaged and learning in different subjects, breaks, lunch, and an end time for the day when they can relax.

Make Learning at Home Fun

Though learning at home may seem stressful for you, the goal is for your child to learn in as stress-free of an environment as possible. Learning at home needs to be engaging and fun so that your child continues to be motivated to keep learning. One way to do this is to start each day with something fun. Try playing an educational board game, singing a fun song together, or laughing together while you look at memes. Educational memes can be made in an online meme generator that can make learning fun.

Get Outside and Move

Studies have shown that movement has a huge impact on learning. Children who move regularly while at school exhibit improved focus, perform better on cognitive tests, process information faster, and have more memory retention than children who stay still at school.

Incorporate moving with fun short exercise routines, doing silly dances together, or getting outside. Going outside together and taking a walk or playing a game will give you both a healthy dose of vitamin D and get you ready to return to work and learning.

Mom with her little girl browsing on a laptop
Get your child excited about learning from home by being creative
and exploring many different ways to learn.  
(Image: Pixabay)

Try Doing a Project Together

Dive into a subject your child is interested in by doing a project together. For example, if your child is learning about the life cycle of plants you could plant a small garden together. When doing an astronomy unit, go outside and look at the stars at night and then draw the constellations you found. Get creative and encourage your child to go beyond the basics of what is being taught and dive into a project that interests you both.

Be Creative

Your child's school is most likely providing daily lessons or assignments they need to complete. Get creative and work in more learning activities after their basic learning is done. Some creative ideas include:

Put on a skit of a favorite scene in a book your child read.

Make a collage from magazines of a subject your child just learned about and have them teach the family.

Use clay, paint, and other items from around the house to make a sculpture or diorama of a book.

Pick out a fun recipe and cook together. Discuss the science and math in the recipe to help them apply what they are learning to a real-life situation.

Do a research project together and have them make a video or song about what they learned.

Go on virtual field trips to zoos, aquariums, and museums to help your child expand their knowledge.

Stay Positive

Your attitude towards learning from home will affect how your child feels about it. Though it isn't ideal and maybe stressful, try to stay positive about the situation. Take a deep breath before learning each day and make sure to take breaks for yourself.

Learning from home may be a new experience for you and your child, but it doesn't have to be a frustrating one. Get your child excited about distance education with a little creativity, a lot of laughs, and a positive attitude and the experience will be a positive one for everyone.

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