Teach your kids while playing games
Love for knowledge and passion for learning are something acquired early in the life; so a good way to assure your kids' enthusiasms towards knowledge and learning is to engage them on intellectual activities since the very beginning.
But the key to succeed on this challenging task is to avoid boring activities requiring a lot of attention for long periods of time, after all your kids are still small and what you wish is to make them falling in love with knowledge, not overburden their brains.
In fact, your kids will have plenty on time later on their lives to get involved in formal education and learning strategies, something that will be good, but if you provide them certain tools long before that happens, they will succeed for sure.
The aim is to teach your children how good is to know things, introduce them to associative, rationale thinking and provide learning tools to learn while having fun.
It's not an easy task because you will need to learn new things yourself first to get involved on your kids activities later; however at the end it will pay since you will be sharing good times altogether while giving your children invaluable tools for the future.
Next you'll find some strategies and tips to achieve this goal while having fun. Be sure that once your children start to think rationally and learn associative thinking, it will be an endless process which feeds itself from every day experiences. The key is to start.
- Teach them what's around. Instead of playing with their ipads while traveling in the car, encourage them to see the clouds and establish differences among all of them, later you can teach them about different types of clouds and how they are used to predict weather.
Another good strategy is to discover little bugs on your garden or at the public park. Show your children how those tiny animals interact among them and how different are one of the other.
There are plenty things around there to do this, so take advantage of what you have around, it's easy, cheap and everywhere!
- Take advantage of natural competitiveness human instincts. Human beings love competition, especially when winning, so use this natural instinct to engage your kids on intellectual, funny challenges.
Once again in the car, make a competition to see how many car plates each one on the car may memorize during one mile, that will be funny and helps to develop memory.
Another good strategy is to make maths challenges while shopping, it's funny, practical and introduces your kids on rationale thinking about the cost of different stuff.
Memory cards are also a good strategy to develop memory, while regular cards playing is a remarkable, funny way to develop math skills.
- Ask your kids to find an explanation about what's happening around. You will see how creative they become, even when the explanation does not meet reality at all; later you may explain them (and even show) how things are occuring.
- Answer all their questions. There's a stage on the life when kids ask absolutely about everything, that's a great moment to feed their brains with lots of knowledge without any effort, so try to answer all their questions, no matter how simple it seems.
Probably you won't have all answers but that's another great opportunity to teach your kids about to use modern resources to find accurate information; so, don't google alone about a question to provide an answer later; instead do it with your kids and show them how to compare different information sources in order to find accurate info.
- Play riddles. You will be awesomed about your kids association capabilities, in fact it's probably they are better than you on this task.
In case they don't find the proper answer to a riddle, give them it, and explain about the association process to find the correct answer.
Riddles are a great way to encourage associative and parallel thinking, in addition you may take advantage of competitive instincts, so let's play!
- Read a lot. But not all at a time. Reading is a funny way to enhance vocabulary, however try to avoid overloading, the aim is to encourage your kids towards reading, not to scare them away.
- Take advantage of TV shows. There's plenty of educational TV shows, so take your time to share them with your kids; it will be amazing how they learn almost unconsciously about a myriad of different topics.
The aim is to include learning on everyday activities on a natural, easy way; by doing it your kids will see knowledge and thinking as something that natural happens and will be enthusiasts about regular learning later on their lives.
The key is to start, once it happens, everything comes natural and easy later on their lives.