Sunday, April 1, 2012

Adventurous Learning Inspires Kids

© Lyn Lomasi; Owner/Shaman/Master Creator at Intent-sive N8R & Brand Shamans Content Community LLC

Having trouble teaching your kids vital skills? Try going on an adventure. When homeschooling my kids, I use many methods for getting them inspired to learn. One very useful one is to turn learning into an adventure.

When kids are struggling in certain subjects -- or just learning new concepts -- their confidence can be low in those areas. Sometimes traditional forms of teaching those skills can be downright frustrating and defeating.

Build your child's confidence by finding things to do around your neighborhood that are related to the lesson at hand. Child struggling with counting? Go see a juggler and help him count the tossed items. No juggler in your area? Visit the local pond and count the ducks.

When two of my kids were having trouble counting money, I took them on several fun adventures where they could practice using it. There were normal locations, such as the grocery store. But I also threw in things like area festivals. I let the kids purchase souvenirs and treats. They considered this to be fun. Therefore, they were inspired to learn the lesson over and over.

Sometimes just getting out and doing things without a paper and pencil can help your child connect the dots. On top of that, it doesn't seem like work. In fact, you should be letting your child have fun during the adventure as well. Don't make it all about the lesson. Just fit it in during the right moments.

Once your child realizes that he is doing the lesson he thought wasn't possible, he will likely be inspired to do more and more.

Furthermore, these adventures provide an excellent opportunity for experiential learning. For instance, a visit to a local museum can bring history to life, making it far more engaging than reading about it in a textbook. Similarly, a trip to a science center can spark interest in physics or biology through interactive exhibits. These experiences help children understand that learning isn't confined to books or classrooms – it's all around them.

Encourage your child to ask questions and explore their surroundings. This curiosity will lead them to discover new interests and passions. It's not just about memorizing facts; it's about understanding the world and their place in it.

Lastly, remember that each child learns differently. What works for one might not work for another. Be patient, and don’t hesitate to try different approaches until you find what resonates with your child. By making learning an adventure, you're not only teaching them valuable lessons but also instilling a lifelong love for learning. And that is the greatest adventure of all.

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