You know what they say – ‘every day’s a school day’ and anywhere can be a classroom. Children (and adults) are learning every single day, and at times they are having so much fun, they don’t even realise that they are being educated. So with ideas for teachers and parents, here are some Interesting Ways To Educate Children Outside Of the Classroom.
Learning At School, Outside Classroom
PE & Sports Day
With the Olympics and Paralympics on in Rio this year, it’s a great time to get kids involved in sports.
PE & Sports Day not only exercise the bodies but also teach children a variety of life lessons and skills including
- how to work together in a team
- learning that they will face setbacks but also how to deal with them
- how to follow rules
- the importance of concentration and focus
School & Field Trips
School or field trips are the perfect opportunity for learning outside the classroom, and a great way to break up the school day routine. And what the children don’t realise is that although they won’t be in the classroom itself, they will still be learning, in a fun and interactive way.
However, school trips can be costly and difficult to organise so you probably will not get the opportunity to do more than one per school year. Don’t forget that the school yard itself offers plenty of learning opportunities so take nature lessons, science and art outdoors, whenever weather permits.
Guest Speaker Events
Schools will have a host of events throughout the year for a variety of reasons, but did you know you could make these extra educational by inviting one extra guest?
Guest speakers will ‘speak’ to children in a way no teacher can, and as they tell their personal story, they can motivate and inspire the pupils, showing them that they can achieve their goals and reach their dreams, no matter what.
Have a look and see what motivational public speakers are available for your next event. For example, you could invite a Paralympic athlete who could inspire your generation of sports stars as well as encourage everyone that anything is possible.
Learning At Home
You may be reluctant to let your child play on your smartphone or tablet because we are always being told that this generation spends too much time on technology and need to get outside and play.
But, really it’s all about balance and what they are actually playing on the screens – download the right apps and screen learning can be a fun way to keep youngsters minds active outside of school.
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Reading to kids at bedtime provides such a great opportunity for learning. If your child can read, let them read you or their younger siblings a bedtime story – this will help with their reading fluency, but they can also learn from the stories and widen their vocabulary.
Or incorporate some reading time into your afternoon or evening schedules instead of screen time. And once you have read the book don’t just put it back on the bookshelf – discuss it and talk about what they have learned from it.
Take playtime outside because even when while kids are rolling around in the mud and getting dirty, there are opportunities for learning.
You could give your child a section of the garden where they can grow their own vegetables. This will teach them about responsibility, the importance of eating healthy food and show them how the food goes from ground to dinner plate. Here’s how to make your garden a fun place for kids and some useful tips on more green time and less screen time.
Kids and Grandparents
If your children are close to their grandparents then why not get them to interview them about what life was like as a child? It’s a fun way of them to learn about history and to speak to them about how life was different in the past.
Or have them write a letter to their grandparents that they can post, this helps improve their spelling and writing in a fun way.
Over to you! Have you any other fun ways to take learning outside the classroom? Let us know in the comments below.