Making Online Lessons Fun for Young Learners. During these times parents often ask us how they can make learning English online fun for their child. It’s funny because Teachers have always thought “how can I make learning English fun for my young students?” and now the tables have turned, luckily for you Mums and Dads, we have the answers and we’ve chosen a few ideas that we think you can do at home. If you’re wondering how you can make online lessons fun and informative for young children, we have the answers right here:
We don’t really like setting them, but it makes it easier for us in the future, so I suggest setting four or five rules for your young ones when learning English at home. Set them together so they feel some ownership and responsibility, and don’t forget to set a few fun rules otherwise you’ll scare them. An example:
- English time is from 12:00 – 13:00,
- Have fun,
- Don’t be rude to other people (your teacher or other classmates),
- Don’t worry about making mistakes,
- Don’t use the internet without a parent or responsible guardian with you.
These rules will help to set boundaries for the children and make them feel like they are still in the classroom, even if they are in the living room and having fun.
The internet is amazing. You’re using it right now and there are literally hundreds of sites telling you what to do, but that can also be a problem, there are too many! Luckily, Teachers are resource connoisseurs. That means they search for the best thing and they are the experts for god learning websites. When they will find a good resource, they use it forever and these are the ones that they swear by:
- baamboozle.com – a website for language games.
- Vooks.com – interactive story books.
- Gonoodle.com – inclusive movement-based videos for learning.
Check out these websites after reading this, you can thank us later.
Apps are a great way to engage anyone, and young children are so comfortable using technology. However, it’s better if we tell them which ones to use because there are so many out there. BBC learning has loads of videos, quizzes and things to read that it can keep your child occupied for hours. Another one to consider is Learn English kids from the British council, it is bright and colourful, and their videos are really engrossing. The best app however, has to be Lingokids. This one is pure gold. If you want a silent child, put this one on and let them play. The songs are a little bit annoying and the hybrid characters look a little strange, but I promise you, your child will fall in love with it.
This stands for ‘Total Physical Response’. And it means just that. We encourage them to move about and be active, on purpose. The reality is that young children need to move. They physically cannot sit down for long periods of time, so we encourage them to do dances, to run, to stand up and do star jumps, but with a purpose. They can do an action like this to answer a question or even as a reward for good behaviour or hard work, but with TPR it’s controlled and with a reason, this way you can tell them what to do, or do it with them. This is also the best way of learning for Kinaesthetic learners because it helps them absorb the information and remember it for longer. The realty is; they are kids and they need to move like this – so let them.
They are actually some of the best people around. No one else has spent more time learning ways to engage and motivate young children, plus teachers have hundreds of activities up their sleeves. If you haven’t enrolled your son or daughter in an online course, than I would strongly recommend it. Plus, if they are busy with an online class then you have all that time to yourself. Ahhhhh.