Learning Can Be Fun! Encouraging Educational Activities at Home
Before Goose was old enough to go to school, her little heart desired being able to go. Each morning she’d watch me get her siblings off to school, and while she enjoyed spending her days with Mommy, she also craved being able to follow her siblings off. I think it’s the passion for learning that had started so young in her that fueled that desire. Learning, when done the right way, can be a fun experience. Especially with all the changes in technology these days, learning doesn’t have to be sitting in a chair reciting off your times tables. I do my best to keep the fire going on that passion even know that all the kids head off to school each day. If done right, they sometimes don’t even realize that they’re learning!
The art education is something that isn’t always viewed on the same level of importance as the three Rs (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic – which is really only one R). in my house though, we value the arts and encourage our children to explore them. Art stations are a normal occurrence here. We setup places to paint, or take our cameras out to photograph nature. Getting out the clay and creating beautiful things is something that we recently begun as well. The joy of creating something beautiful, and that good sense of pride that wells up when you realize that you made that, brings such a smile to their little faces that I can’t help but do a happy dance inside.
Each child has developed their own taste in music, and that is something that I love to let them explore. I myself don’t play any instruments, but I just love listening to good music on the radio or record player. We trust the professionals to teach our children their instruments. Look in your local area and I’m sure you’ll find some great teachers, such as https://ocom.ca/
Bud has taken to playing the guitar, while Bug has chosen the clarinet. Goose wants to play the piano. The piano is a bit tricker of an instrument for us, simply because obtaining one takes extra work. You shouldn’t just go to the local pawn shop, pick one up and throw it in the back of a truck to get it home. They really need to be moved by a professional, such as Bekins Moving Solutions as they must be moved a certain way to prevent damage to the insides of the piano, and to your back (because they are super heavy).
We also encourage the kids in the STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The kids take care of the technology themselves – sometimes to the point that I am spending more time begging them to get off the tablet than we do actually doing the activity I wanted to do in the first place. We also have hands on things, such as learning how to fly a drone, and fix it when you crash it. Omniviewtech.ca has a great selection of drones to pick from, and also has repair services if you crash it beyond what you are able to fix. My son loves the challenge of keeping ours running after minor crash incidents.
Learning happens in so many different ways. I encourage you to find educational activities that you can do with your children to keep their minds active and engaged. You just might be surprised at how much knowledge they can pick up from what they thought was just a fun activity.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your children?