How Do Smart Parents Make Learning Fun & Productive For Their Children?

Providing children with a great education is a priority for all parents. While choosing the right school undoubtedly provides a solid platform, it’s important to acknowledge the impact you can have at home too.   

Playing an active role in a child’s academic development will enable you to help them reach their full potential. However, home studies also need to be fun. After all, if your son or daughter can’t gain enjoyment at home, where can they?   

It’s all about finding the balance, and here’s how.

Children learn from parents

Education CAN be fun! Parents just need to find the balance. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Relate Work To Real Life

Kids will naturally retain greater levels of information when they are actively interested in what they’re being taught. So, why not use their passions in life to unlock their full potential?

The list of possibilities in this area is endless. Sports are a great example, though. Use sporting scenarios to explain maths problems or other puzzles, and your child should have a far better chance of visualizing it. Meanwhile, injuries to their favorite stars could be used as a tool for teaching biology.

Sports aren’t the only thing that can be used, though. Anything from their favorite TV characters to relationships with siblings or cousins could provide a link. If it enables them to comprehend various subjects, it has to be worthwhile. With a little creative thinking, you won’t go far wrong.

Ditch The Textbooks

Inside the classroom, textbooks are a crucial tool for all teachers. From a parent’s perspective, though, they aren’t always essential. After all, you have a chance to provide one-on-one attention.

Ultimately, you don’t want your child to simply regurgitate long paragraphs. Instead, they should be able to recite knowledge with the help of bullet points and quick memory jogs. Visit https://gradebuddy.com/flashcards/ to learn more about visual aids, and how they can aid this process. Learning the information and thought processes rather than simply repeating facts is far better in the long run. Let’s face it; it will make things far more enjoyable too.

Parents can use flashcards to further their kid's education

Visual aids like flashcards are useful for some children. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Remove Stress

Mentality plays a huge part in the learning process, especially at home. If the workload feels too daunting, your child will either struggle or simply give up. Keep it less pressurized by removing the sense of stress, and they’ll be in a far better place to retain information.

A relaxed atmosphere will always be more productive, as well as more enjoyable. Conversely, letting problems in this area surface will discourage your child from learning. In truth, that could restrict them from progressing even in the subjects where they boast natural flair. Quite frankly, you cannot let this become an issue.

Get Outside

Your kids already spend hours locked away in the classroom at school. So, if possible, you should look to make home study a little more exciting by taking things outside.

The easiest way to do this is to take those activities in the garden. However, it’s also possible to find day trips that are both fun and educational. Learn how to make them age-appropriate at https://thespruce.com/field-trip-ideas-for-children-3129085. Again, as a parent, you have the advantage of being able to tailor them to your family’s favorite hobbies and passions too.

Try to make those moments magical too. Firstly, it provides you with a great family memory. Secondly, reminiscing will ensure that your kids keep hold of the educational info as well as memories of the fun.

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40 thoughts on “How Do Smart Parents Make Learning Fun & Productive For Their Children?

  1. It is essential that children should find some joy in learning. This determines their whole lives. On the other hand I suppose that with creative tutorial methods their cooperation skills can be boosted. No more colleagues who are afraid of making mistakes!

  2. I’m an art instructor, and I cannot stress enough the importance of taking the kids outdoors. Nature is an artist’s playground! When the kids stretch to “touch” the sky and bend their knees to brush the grass, they get a sense of the vastness and beauty Mother Earth has given us.

    Invaluable and beautiful post, Christy. Parents can enrich their children’s lives in so many ways that don’t necessarily have to include spending money. Yes, making memories are ways to not only connect with your kids but also to help them learn and re-visit those happy times when they’re stressed or in emotional/physical pain.

    • I think it’s SO important to teach kids real-world skills in addition to book smarts. Your comments here build on this philosophy. Thank you for explaining more about the impact of nature, Rose. And now that I know you are an art teacher I totally understand your creative spirit. Keep up the great work, both as an instructor and as a blog creator xx

  3. Yeah I totally agree! My parents did all these and I grew up to love learning. Especially the ditch the textbooks part because there’s a huge difference between studying and learning. If you want to enjoy learning you need to be passionate about it and enjoy what you’re doing and let’s be honest the school syllabus is rarely ever interesting or fun. The best way to learn is to learn in your own way and do your own research.

    • OMG Pooja, you hit the nail on the head with “there’s a huge difference between studying and learning.” Exactly. I think growing up I was great at school but not so wise outside of the classroom. I’ve since had to play catch-up with street-wise education. I appreciate your tips here!

      • Yeah that’s what my parents always told me and that’s why I never really worried about my grades- I did my best and if I still didn’t get great marks I just let it go. I always liked learning on my own and researching instead of using textbooks so I actually had lots of fun with most subjects.
        Yeah that happens a lot to people who are good in school but yeah you definitely need to be smart all around! At least you got smart now- some people don’t always get that.

  4. So many great tips! We have always been a board games & card
    games family, so it is amazing when we look now at all the amazing
    educational games that stimulate the minds of both young, & not
    so young. Being actively engaged playing together beats tablets
    & smart phones every day of the week. The kids love when adults
    are goofy, & the laughter keeps us young at heart. We are strong
    supporters of Un-schooling, since education is a lifelong pursuit, &
    none of us really graduate, (what good is a piece of paper anyway?)

    In our rapidly changing world we find we are learning just as much
    from the younger generation as they are from us! It is a 2 way
    street & the more we are open to new ideas & new ways of thinking
    the more options we have going forward. We never stop learning.

    • GREAT that you take the view that we never stop learning. Honestly a highlight in my life is learning new things daily. I was saying earlier today to another blogger that I’m on a documentary kick where I have been watching a lot of them lately. It’s fascinating to learn more about world. Why wouldn’t we want to be all we can be? 🙂 Thanks for your intelligent replies here

      • Thank you so much, Christy! ArtofZan is my daughter’s artwork. She creates and sells digital illustrations. In addition my son is working on fiction writing, to be published in the future, and both my kids create teas and accompanying artwork at Adagio Teas. Creativity is so important to our family! Have a beautiful weekend, Christy!

        • Wonderful, G! I’m very impressed. ArtofZan has VERY cool creations. I sent you an email on a whim and hope it finds you well. Enjoy your weekend too! 🙂

  5. Great post – a lot of which could be carried into, adapted during the ‘adult’ stages of their lives. Even by ‘adults’ that have not been lucky enough to become parents.

  6. I couldn’t agree more with the ways you suggest parents can both inspire and become involved in, their children’s learning processes. So many situations can become part of the learning process, from days out to everyday activities at home, like baking or simple thinking games. Text book learning is certainly for schools, but a supply of lovely, colourful books of all kinds are great to have around for kids to browse. Moral codes, aspects of safety, table manners and so on can also be instilled into young minds at home – in a fun way, of course. Writing and drawing games are great, too. There are so many ways parents can help their children to progress as well as to enjoy learning new things.
    Another informative post, Christy. Thank you!

  7. Nice post. New Age Parenting is where it’s at! It’s so important that we be as involved as we can. We are our children’s biggest role models. I watch everyday how my 2 year old son studies my husband and I and then repeats behavior. That alone should make parents realize how big of an influence we are.

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