Making Learning Fun

By Andrea K. Clark

Sometimes I feel like my life is a rollercoaster and I’m just hanging on for dear life. Seriously, there are days when I have no idea how I manage to make it through. With that being said, I know that it’s my job to help my kids learn when I have the opportunity. The problem is finding the time to sit down with my son and help teach him the things he needs to know in school and in life.

Since I know that I’m not the only busy mom out there, I thought I would share my secret with you. The truth is that I don’t find time to sit down and teach my son important skills. Instead, I use day-to-day experiences to help teach him the things he needs to know. Surprisingly, I’ve found that this is the best method for my son, because it makes learning more fun for him. In fact, most of the time he doesn’t even realize that he’s learning. Below are a few life experiences that I use to help my son learn.

1. Driving – You would be absolutely astounded at how easy it is to teach kids things while in the car. My son loves to talk (to the point of exhaustion, sometimes) so most car rides are spent talking. I have used this to my advantage when running errands around town. When my son was learning the letters of the alphabet, I would quiz him over the letters on the store signs. It got to where he would tell me the letters on signs before I would ask. Now, we are working on numbers (above 20) and he’s learning how to recognize them by reading the speed limit signs.

2. Cooking – Another thing my son loves to do is help me cook. I usually only let him help when I’m making simple dishes. Things like muffins and cookies where he can help mix the ingredients. By letting him mix the ingredients, I’m able to teach him about measurements. When the muffins and cookies are done, we work on adding and subtracting as we count them all and then take some away to eat.

3. Cleaning – I don’t know why, but for some reason young children think it’s so much fun to help clean. I guess it’s because when they’re helping they feel like they are doing something important (and they are!). My son is no different so I use this opportunity to teach him how to do simple tasks on his own. For instance, my son has learned how to fold towels and put them away. He can also change the trash can liner and likes to help take out the trash. These are all important life skills that he will need to know how to do, so why not teach him how while he’s young and still thinks it’s fun?

By Andrea K. Clark

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