Kidxy Team – January 28, 2019 at 11:12 am
5 Ways to Make Studying Fun for Kids
Do you face problems to get your children to be interested in learning? Do they always give you excuses to not study? The traditional way of studying - reading books, and doing homework - may not excite them.
However, 2019 saw a significant change in our educational system that may change their view towards studying!
The change? The abolishment of exams for year one, two and three students. These exams will be replaced with a more holistic assessment. As what the Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said in an interview with star2.com (January 2019), "schooling and learning will be a joyful experience because the emotions of our children matter."
The assessments will focus on 5 activities which are Quiz, Games, Role-play, Story-telling, and Projects as shown in the infographic below.
(Photo from MOE Instagram)
In accordance with the new assessment for year one, two and three students, we have gathered information on how the teachers and parents can make schooling and learning a fun and joyful experience for our kids! Here are our 5 suggestions on how we can make studying fun for them! Hopefully, this will also help to boost their mood to resume their studies after this school break!
1. Reading Out Loud!
Reading quietly while studying isn’t for everyone. The kids can easily fall asleep or even miss important information when it gets too quiet and boring. We can help to avoid this by having a dramatic reading session! Take the word of Stacy who is a mother of two boys, “I sometimes do role-play with my kids when they are reading their books at home just to make things more fun and enjoyable.”. Reading the text out loud while doing a variation of voices and facial expressions to differentiate each character can be exciting and it can also help children remember the information better. Let the kids be really dramatic with their readings so not only are they having fun but they are also studying effectively.
2. Dance Break!
The time spent during studying is important. However, it is equally important for kids to have breaks once in a while. They will need some time to process and retain the information they have gained. Put on some music and get the kids out of their chair for a few minutes. It would be much better if you can play music that is relevant to what they were studying so they can retain the information better. You can set an alarm on your phone with a catchy song so your kids know it’s time for dance break!!
“Baby shark is still trending in my school! The students are excited as always when we do some baby shark dance in between classes.” (Siti, Pre-School Teacher)
3. Visualize It!
Most of the time, kids find it difficult to remember certain concepts. To help them imagine and understand the concepts even better, have them draw pictures that can help to illustrate the important points. Just like how Nur, a pre-school teacher suggested, “I always emphasize the unique features of certain things to make it easier for the kids to remember and to identify them immediately”. Not only it is fun but it also helps them to express points easier and can help them to remember.
4. Play Games!
Every kid loves playing games so why not include it into studying? Incorporate fun games that kids are familiar with. An example would be a wheel of fortune-style game where the kids need to solve the word puzzle and get points from the wheel. Try to mix games and studying, and let the kids feel that studying can be fun too! Try allocating an hour every weekend to play fun educational games with your kids!
“I allow my son to play educational games on my tablet because I believe studying is more than just reading books” (Mary, mother of a 5-year-old boy)
Consider rewarding the kids when they are able to answer your questions correctly or when they are able to recall the information they get. Nothing too fancy, small rewards such as candies or stationeries set can really help encourage the kids to do better in studies. Take Christina for example, “Last year, I bought my daughter, Alisa, her favorite Barbie because she did well in her studies. This year, I told her to do better and I might buy a dollhouse for her Barbie. She accepted my challenge and her grades improved!”. Rewards can definitely be more than just material things; you can also encourage them with praises and compliments as simple as “you’ve done great son!” or “That’s my smart little girl!”.
It not only helps to boost their confidence but it can make them get excited to study. However, just remember – a compliment is the process, not the product.
Let's not make education a competitive sport and a race to prove who is the smartest. At Kidxy, we agree that learning should be a fun experience for the kids and it is important for us to encourage them to learn! Hopefully, these tips that we came up with to complement the new educational system introduced by the Ministry of Education can also help you to encourage your kids to enjoy the learning process!
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