Here at merka, we’re passionate about kids learning, and that’s why we’ve created so many interactive products and resources. Whether you’re a student, parent, or educator, we want to help you make learning a fun and engaging experience.
Using bright, colorful educational products like placemats at the dinner table can spark conversations that make learning an ongoing part of your day. Here are some other ways you can broaden your horizons, turning “school” into a lifelong journey of creativity and exploration:
1. Follow your curiosity
This applies to both you and your child or student. When you’re curious about something, take that as a cue to learn more about it.
So often it’s easy to brush off our kids’ questions in the midst of our busyness, but even if you’re in the middle of something, you can try to encourage your child to hypothesize possible answers to his question, or you can start a conversation that helps him learn more about the topic he’s wondering about.
It’s helpful for your child to see that you don’t know everything and you’re still learning yourself, so don’t be afraid to admit when you don’t know something, and take steps to learn together.
Another good way to learn together is to include your child as you’re learning a new skill, whether it’s a sport, handcraft, or game. This shows your child that learning is a process that involves acquiring knowledge and practicing it with persistence over time.
2. Don’t Google it
Remember the days when you had to look up the definition of a word in the dictionary? How about searching through a physical card catalog to find the location of a library book? Today, we’re blessed with access to a mindblowing amount of information through the Internet, and answers are always at our fingertips.
But if going online is the first thing we do to find an answer, we bypass more creative and mentally taxing ways of learning that can benefit us in the long run. Before looking online, take time to think of a possible answer to your question or problem. Maybe you’ll figure out a solution yourself, or maybe not… but just pausing for a minute helps break the urge to immediately turn to the Internet.
3. Everyone can unschool
Regardless of whether you become a full-fledged unschooler, you can use the concept to enhance your child’s learning outside of traditional school hours. Do projects, encourage your child to explore her interests, and create an opportunity for her to have unstructured free time.
We hope these tips help you implement a little adventurous learning into your day!
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