Have you had the chance to check out this week’s GoKids Fun segment? If not, head to www.gokids.com.au and check it out.
I am very passionate about kids learning through fun. However, before we take a look at the fun activities, I would like to talk about the purpose of the GoKids Fun segment.
I have always believed that creating connections with your children is about interacting with them as often as you can while having fun together. While you are having fun with your children, you can also use the opportunity to engage with your child so they learn new stuff and you can empower them with the love of learning.
You see, I have always believed that learning should be fun and should always starts at home. By conversing and asking questions, you are actually (1) communicating and (2) inspiring your child to think and having fun coming up with the answers.
So how does it work?
The aim is to use everyday items as the topic of conversation. And it is easy to do.
Let’s take Tuesday’s activity for example: Count the Mangoes
I asked how many mangoes were in the box / tray: the younger GoKids will learn about counting, the colour of the mangoes and their shape. You can ask a hypothetical question, such as whether the mango is soft or hard.
The older GoKids will learn about writing out the number and how to spell to spell the number…. Whether they like mangoes? Why? Can mango be made into mango jelly? How would they propose to do that?
You see, you can implement as many questions as you can think of, while being creative and having fun at the same time. Your children would not know they are learning, because they are having so much fun interacting and connecting with you. You are literally stretching their imagination and their critical thinking skills.
Remember, connecting with your children is about everyday interactions, and the easiest and cheapest way to go about is to create conversations based on everyday stuff that you see around your house, like fruit, beverages, books, newspapers, items in the garden, about dishes that they like etc… the list can go on and on.
On Wednesday’s GoKids Fun is learning about the functions of the bees around flowers. Younger GoKids will learn about the colour of the flower, how many bees are on the flower – so they learn about numbers, identify the bees (using the finger) and I uploaded a video as well.
The Older GoKids will learn about how flowers are pollinated etc.
So you see, it is not hard to find a topic of conversation. Be as creative as possible, and as always, the level of conversation should be suitable for your children’s age and level of understanding.
So check out this week’s GoKids Fun Segment.
Love your feedback …. and have fun with your children.
Interactions + Fun = Connections + Empowerment