Learning made fun with activities and games is a great way for kids to play. Discover how to make learning fun at home with 5 simply and effective tips.
Thank you to Reading Eggs Junior for sponsoring this post. All content and opinions expressed are my own.
Confession time: I didn’t start reading for fun until well after leaving college. I didn’t feel inclined to read when I already had “required reading” to do. I enjoyed the books I had to read and also did well in school, but I never found myself wanting to read on my own.
Only when I was past the stage of being required to read did I realize how much I missed it, and that I wished I had read on my own throughout childhood.
So when I had kids, I wanted to incorporate reading and learning from the start. And not just because they were expected to read and do well, but from a genuine desire to learn. I considered myself a full-fledged reader and hoped my kids would feel the same about themselves.
I knew I couldn’t force learning or focus so much on grades and “getting the answers right.” Instead, I wanted to make learning fun.
Learning made fun
It seems to be working: my kids have done well so far and, more importantly, see learning as part of life. They enjoy discovering new things, and find even typical worksheets and homework a good challenge.
How can parents encourage kids to enjoy the learning process? Take a look at these five simple ways to do just that:
1. Watch how you talk about learning
“We have new library books today!” I announce to my kids, holding a bag full of new selections. Their response? A resounding “Yay!” as they make their way to the bag and see what goodies I’ve brought home.
I’ve found that how we talk about learning makes a huge difference in how kids learn.
For instance, it’s easy to say, “You don’t have school tomorrow, woo hoo!” Granted, you should celebrate time together as a family, but try not to do it at the expense of school. After all, you want to paint it in a positive way, not something to dread.
Hype up anything that has to do with learning, from reading books to doing a worksheet. Making them seem dreadful will only rub off on your child.
2. Play literacy games
Kids learn so much from play, including early literacy. Introduce words and numbers through simple games, even those you make up out of the blue.
For instance, you can:
- Find things at home that start with the first letter of your child’s name
- Take turns rolling a ball back and forth while saying a letter from the alphabet with each roll
- Try to come up with as many rhyming words as you can (“What rhymes with ‘bat’?”)
3. Sing and listen to nursery songs
Nursery songs make for fantastic everyday music and promote early learning. From building vocabulary to storytelling to encouraging a love of books, songs are a perfect way to make learning fun.
For instance, it’s no coincidence that animal sounds are popular among kids and found in many nursery songs. “Moo,” “baa,” and “neigh” are not only fun to say, but they’re also one of the easiest kinds of sounds for kids to make. This helps them associate sounds with objects or pictures.
A few of my favorites include:
- Apples and Bananas
- “C” Is for Cookie
- The Alphabet Song
- A Little Cat, Cat, Cat
4. Read favorite books
I’m a huge fan of reading favorite books for many reasons, including promoting early literacy and making learning fun. What better way to promote a love of learning than cuddling up with several books to read with your child?
Make regular trips to the library so you have new and exciting selections to choose from. Keep your home stocked with plenty of age-appropriate books your child can access easily. And incorporate reading into your routine so he can expect and look forward to this special time together.
5. Sign up for a free trial of Reading Eggs Junior
Reading Eggs has come out with its brand new online learning program, Reading Eggs Junior! Carefully designed by experienced educators, Reading Eggs Junior caters to children ages 2–4 to help them learn (and love) to read.
The program is online and can be accessed on your computer or tablet. You’ll find a ton of options, from books to songs to movie clips, all created to promote educational play. An early love of reading is best nurtured through play—and Reading Eggs Junior does just that.
This is a fun way to incorporate the use of technology while still promoting education and learning. I know my kids get a kick when I open Reading Eggs Junior on my laptop.
The best part? You can get a FREE four-week trial of Reading Eggs Junior to see for yourself how it works! No credit card necessary, either—just a simple sign-up and you’ll have access to the entire Reading Eggs Junior program during your trial period.
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