EDUCATION IS FUN!!
Or at least it can be! I think it is very important to instill a love and passion for learning at a very early age. And to do that you make learning FUN as soon as possible! But it doesn’t have to get boring as the kiddos get older either.
FUN EDUCATION CREATES LASTING MEMORIES!
Whether you homeschool, unschool, some sort of hybrid, private school, or public school—————> EDUCATION CAN BE FUN and if it’s fun they remember the lesson more.
WHY WE DECIDED TO HOMESCHOOL
We decided to homeschool this year and we are having a blast with it. Big Sister is in second grade and is really enjoying Geography, History, Science, Language Arts, and all of the in betweens! One of the many reasons, we chose to start homeschooling was because I could see her passion for learning slowly dying. It was becoming boring for her. Her thirst for knowledge and adventure was going away and I hated it. That thirst had been an integral part of hers since she was just a baby. She had a wonderful teacher. She went to a wonderful school. And had great friends but learning was becoming obligatory for her instead of exciting.
I’m not saying that homeschooling is the best for everyone. I know several kids who are going to the school she attended and are thriving. But for me, I needed to make it fun for her again. While we love to play (and there a lot of fun learning opportunities in just playing), I didn’t want her favorite “subject” to be recess. And I wanted her to spend as much time as she wanted on things she enjoyed learning instead of having to rush through it.
DO YOU NEED TO HOMESCHOOL TO HAVE FUN?
Of course not! As I said above, that doesn’t mean YOU MUST homeschool your child for your child to thrive. Each child is wired differently and there are PLENTY of ways to create educational adventures no matter which path you chose that works for your family and their needs.
I KNOW, I KNOW. IT CAN’T ALWAYS BE FUN AND GAMES
Sure, there are plenty of times we have to sit down and focus on things that aren’t as exciting and adventurous as other subjects. Like handwriting. And math…sometimes Big Sister loves math. Sometimes she finds it very frustrating. But we play tons of math games and I give her lots of math puzzles and once she realizes SHE CAN solve the problem…Math is fun again. She has a love/hate relationship with math.
As for Brother…he’s only three…and ABSOLUTELY HATES working on number recognition. He hates puzzles, he hates anything to do with a number. He knows 1-10 but if you ask him to count-he’ll flat out refuse. I’ve even tried snack math i.e. “put as many gummies, m&ms, marshmallows, or whatever as shown on the square.” NOPE. He won’t do it. First of all, he’s three so I’m not forcing him but I would like to make numbers fun for him. So we found that he really enjoys racing. If we work with numbers at all, he will ask “is the hot lava going to get the numbers?”
“Yes! Hurry! Before the hot lava gets the numbers!!” And then its a race against the hot lava and he is having a blast.
WHAT’S THE POINT, ASHLEY?
So what is this blog going to be about? How to make education fun and adventurous of course! Whether it is a hike at a park, a visit to a museum, a scavenger hut, or something else entirely. We are always looking for great ways to tie our lessons into something adventurous! I can’t wait to share those adventures with you!
What are your favorite ways to make education fun? Leave a comment below.