Whether you’re a parent wondering about how to give your child the most comprehensive and well-rounded education possible, or an educator who wants to give their kids the full breadth of learning experiences possible, you should read on. Here, we’re going to look at the importance of learning outside the classroom and a few examples of how it can be achieved.
The parents must be involved
It’s been proven the case countless times that children who have their parents involved in their education outside of the classroom have a much better chance of academic success than those who don’t. Helping your children prepare the skills they will learn in class to give them a head start, or reinforcing what they will learn, from writing to writing essays, no matter what age they are, parents need to play a role. Even if you’re busy, it’s recommended that you set a scheduled time to sit down for some collaborative learning you can stick to.
Embrace the role of technology
When it comes to screentime, many of us are concerned that our kids get too much of it. However, remote learning is becoming increasingly common, as are educational apps. Kids are growing up connected to digital technology, so making better use of them to supplement the in-class education can actually end up creating a learning experience that is more intuitive to them. It also allows teachers and parents to much more easily access both audible and visual learning materials which may help the child catch on to subjects much more quickly.
Make the world your classroom
Of course, there’s a lot to be learned by going to different places and educating ourselves on what we see and experience there. That’s why class trips are so important, from as early as primary school trips. If your children aren’t getting the opportunity to visit locations that they can learn from, whether it’s historic sites, the natural world, or something else, then you should talk with the school administration and push to make it happen. It can be a hugely valuable learning experience for them.
Nurturing creativity and imagination
Teachers will try to do this as best as possible, but they have a curriculum to stick to ensure that everyone learns what they need to. Getting kids involved in art clubs or even picking up some creative practices at home can help them get much more engaged with their own creativity and imagination. Not only can this enrich their lives in many ways, but it also teaches them to be creative thinkers, which tends to help them better understand and come up with solutions in the classroom in their own way, too.
Teaching and learning experiences that aren’t solely suited to the confines of the classroom can help teachers (and parents) reach those who learn in different ways, sparking their interest in the subject, increasing their motivation, and helping them better recall course material. Do what you can to ensure that the kids you’re responsible for have a wider educational environment to learn from.