If you’re stressing about getting your little one to sit down for some study time, then you are not alone! It can be very daunting! From disguising study time as play time to finding innovative teaching methods, this article has some great tips that you can try straight away.
Do you feel like you have been a parent for all of 10 minutes and you already have to teach them math, language and science? Are you stressing because your little learner cannot sit still for more than 10 minutes? Here are 5 simple rules to remember while teaching your young children!
1. Disguise study time as ‘play time’
There are a few unavoidable truths in this world and one of them is that children love to play. Use that. Sneak in a lesson with their games. You can use any of the below ideas:
- Make volcanoes, plant a tree, create a pen holder out of waste paper. Develop your kid’s motor skills while also teaching them about the environment.
- Write words related to items around the house and use them as flashcards. Centre your games around the cards. For example, you can hide them around the house and play treasure hunt!
- Introduce your kids to the joys of online educational games (within limits, of course). Not only are such games available for free, they teach a variety of subjects, from math, to the alphabets, to science. Bonus, many such games are filled with animation and fun graphics, enough to fool a child into thinking he/she is playing, not studying.
2. Break learning into small parts
Young children have tiny attention spans, finding it hard to focus on anything for more than a few minutes. Which is why their study time should be divided into small portions throughout the day. Five minutes here, ten minutes there, will help them retain knowledge, and avoid boredom too.
3. Engage all their senses
Researchers all over the world are extremely interested in how a child’s brain works, seeing as it lays the foundation for the rest of their lives. These same researchers state that the best way a child learns is when all of his/her senses are engaged.
So, let them see, hear, touch, smell and taste their studies:
- Use fridge magnets (they can touch them).
- Try experiments in the kitchen like cooking, tasting, (they can touch, taste, smell, and see the ingredients).
4. Create a routine
For young children, every day is a day of learning and discovery. Keeping a small part of their life exactly the same gives them a measure of control and increases their confidence. So teach/play with them at a scheduled time and day.
5. Make it a story
Research suggests that most young children learn much faster and remember much more, when taught through stories. Life can be your storybook, household items your props. Even regular everyday activities can be turned into stories. Buying groceries can become a treasure hunt, a walk through the park can turn into an adventure through a strange land.
Naturally, not every method is perfect for your little learner. So experiment with different styles and methods until you find one that is perfect. Happy Teaching!
Do you have any tips in addition to the ones we mentioned? Write to us about your experience teaching your tiny tots.
About our Guest author
Sanjana Shukla is never more comfortable and at peace with the world than when she has a book in her hands. She credits her work as a content writer at Square Panda India for teaching her about early education, multisensory learning, and everything in between.