Parenting

Creating an Effective Learning Environment for Kids

Learning should not be limited to the classroom, however, the majority of parents today are puzzled as to how to assist their child’s intellectual development. When it comes to academics, parents often try too hard and hover around their children, which can keep them from exploring different learning styles. 

Some leave their kids to their own smart devices and pay no attention to their whereabouts. The more we— teachers and parents start interacting with our kids,  the more likely it is that students will establish more efficient study habits. Learning habits developed early can make them self-reliant learners and productive creators, 

Nonetheless, studies of Rasmussen University show that children perform better in school when their parents are interested in their education and learning.

A child whose parents are engaged in their overall development shows excellent classroom behaviour, accountability in their tasks such as homework, projects and are more prepared for the future. They ensure a positive learning environment for children, suggest corrective measures when they are stuck and recognize their children’s efforts.

Let’s explore some of the ways to build an environment conducive to learning.

Build the habit of Reading

Some claim that reading is the secret to achieve success in life. We would say that reading is, at the very least, a prerequisite for academic achievement. Children who enjoy reading develop an interest in learning. 

Reading not only increases a child’s vocabulary but also teaches them how to interpret ideas and structured communication. Reading fosters abilities that go beyond greater performance in language arts classes. Students’ capacity to learn in all disciplines, even logical subjects like math and science, improves when they have good reading abilities.

• Surround your child with books to help them develop reading abilities and a love for reading.

• Read aloud to your youngster on a regular basis.

• Let your child read to you aloud.

• Establish a daily family reading time in which everyone reads for 30 minutes.

• You can assist your child to realize the value of reading by setting a good example and supplying your classroom and home with reading materials (novels, posters, newspapers, magazines, and so on).

Making reading enjoyable rather than boring is one of the keys to creating successful readers. Allow children to choose their books to read, assist them in reading, and develop enjoyable reading experiences.

Be invested in your child’s passions

Learning becomes exciting, and children participate in learning as it interests them in fields and topics they are naturally interested in. Whether they are interested in Music, geography or Coding, encourage your child to investigate topics and subjects that interest them if you want to help them become a successful learner.

Make learning enjoyable with gamified learning tools

The idea of game-based learning is not recent. It has existed for a long time. For instance, Several studies on game-based learning (GBL) began in the Tetris and PacMan eras and are limited to digital learning games. In ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, games and play-based learning were well-known pedagogic concepts. 

More than 5000 years ago, the oldest African board games were created. Gamified learning allows for deeper learning, growth of non-cognitive skills and attitude required to take up new challenges.

A child’s mind enjoys discovering new topics when they are actively involved in the environment. Games by design are highly intuitive and entertaining, making it easy to engage and learn.

Game-based learning can also be a good motivator for learning logic-heavy subjects like math, science & Coding. Students typically put forward more efforts in creative techniques like visual learning, DIY activities, etc. After observing these successful patterns that work well in a child’s development, Tekie spent more than three years creating and curating Coding lessons in a highly visual and gamified environment. Check out how our students are liking it, take a tour of Tekie’s Classes.

Being involved in your child’s learning doesn’t have to be that time-consuming if you develop the right habits and tools. Additionally, encourage your kid to explore the world around them, ask questions, and make connections whenever possible. Assist them in categorizing, classifying, and objectively evaluating what he sees and encounters. Making every day a learning day will assist your child in developing an internal incentive to learn in the classroom, or at home.

Concentrate on their strengths

When your child is struggling academically, it can be challenging to focus on his or her strengths. Regardless, concentrating on your child’s strengths is critical to his or her emotional and academic success. Practising positive reinforcement aka Affirmations is one way to reprograms their subconscious minds to be open to new challenges and lessons

Positive reinforcements involve the addition of a reinforcing stimulus following a behaviour that makes it more likely that the behaviour will occur again in the future. It inspires your child to keep learning to focus on his strengths. Concentrating on your child’s flaws, on the other hand, can only lead to discouragement, distress, and a lack of motivation to learn.

The most important message is that as a parent or guardian, you want your child to succeed and receive the greatest education possible. You, your child, their teachers, and their school all play important roles in making that happen. Children benefit from your thoughtful assistance and respond well if you show interest in them.