Motivating your children to learn can be a challenge sometimes. When children are required to study topics that they aren’t interested in, parents may be the ones responsible for making sure their children complete homework or retain the information the children need to pass tests or quizzes. But when learning is fun, education becomes easier. So how can you make learning history more fun?
Determine how your child learns best
Is your child an auditory learner or a visual one? Does your child learn by reading and writing or do they learn better with physical activities? Figuring out how your child learns best will save you time and heartache. Trying to force a child to learn a subject by reading and writing when the child is a visual learner will make the whole learning process more difficult and unpleasant for both you and your child. Use what you know about your child’s learning preference to make learning easy and fun for him or her.
There are so many different options available for teaching your child history so make sure to add variety to your child’s lessons. Include songs or books about history. Use maps, write stories, and give your child worksheets to fill out. Work with your child to memorize facts and use those facts to play history games. Let your children listen to podcasts or watch educational videos. There is no one right way to learn and adding different ways to learn keeps your child engaged and makes learning history more fun.
Have your children teach you
One way to make sure your child has enough of an understanding of the subject matter he has been studying is to have your child teach you. Have your child explain the topic he or she just learned about. Take the quizzes or tests your child has taken alongside of them (not for them, of course, but let your child administer quizzes and correct you if you make a mistake).
US History Abroad offers courses for grades from Kindergarten up through eighth Grade and beyond. Designed to be a highly interactive multimedia learning experience, US History Abroad offers students the chance to learn by watching short video clips, listening to songs, playing relevant games, completing worksheets, taking quizzes, memorization, map work, writing short narratives, and reading books.
US History Abroad is broken down into courses covering different spans of American history, as well as courses on politics, US presidents, and the judicial system.
Don’t forget that the State Department offers up-to-100% reimbursement for your purchase of US History Abroad. Once you complete your child’s registration, you will receive confirmation and a receipt. All you’ll need to do is submit that receipt to your post’s Financial Management Office and you will receive reimbursement in two-to-three weeks’ time.