How to improve a child education outside classroom
Childhood Education

How to improve a child education outside classroom?

Effective ways of growing a child knowledge outside school

Kids are undeniably the loveliest and greatest gift men can ever possess. Children have much to learn and exhibit right from when they begin to breathe in the womb; they do all they can to survive and grow while the parents do everything to support them.

The moment a child is born, he/she strives for growth by eating, laughing, crying, playing, trying to crawl and eventually start walking. During this periods, learning at different pace starts informally before formally with teachers in class base setting. However, at early stage of life, children depend solely on their parents for everything because their brains are limited and cannot think far for themselves and as such; are subjected to continual learning dependently on their immediate environment.

The parents and society are children immediate environment, of which they are important social factors that have most significant influence on a child’s growth and development. This factors are there to support the mental, emotional, religious, and educational aspects of the child life.

The secret to making a kid excel in life is not sealed in classroom base settings only but cut across social cultural engagement in and outside school. However, the environment and family a child finds him/herself play vital role. The words they hear, speak and act from the start of their life will influence all round their lives without exception.

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On the subject of their educational growth, the parents and as well the teachers or educators have more works to do in this aspect; within and outside classroom settings, despite parents are the first contact, teachers and educators are not exempted. Meaning as a parents or teachers we must know how to improve child’s education outside classroom. 

Did you know? Kids learn by seeing and hearing even before they speak. Meaning informal education begin early in childhood before formal education out rightly.

This simply tells that children brain absorbs information at a faster rate early in childhood than that of adults; that’s the main reason why they are quick to learn.

Parents should take advantage of this stage to sharpen children brains to work effectively even as they grow up. Teachers also should embrace outside classroom activities to help enhance child education. And, if all these are put together alongside good nutrition, the child will undoubtedly have excellent educational performance and be fulfilled in all aspects of life now and nearby future.

Childhood Education

As simply described; terms which anchors educational programs and strategies directed at children starting from birth and to the age of 8 years. The said periods identified that children are highly vulnerable to easily learn and assimilate new things.  It is a crucial stage in every human life that required proper modeling in order to be positioned in right ways of living a positive and purposeful driven live that worth values.

At this stage in children life termed Early Childhood Education, learning are solely focused on guiding children through play. However, the effectiveness of same cannot be achieved in class base setting only. In order words, this emphasis that educational play activities goes a long way in enhancing learning and as such can be well driven outside classroom. Whether parents or teachers actively involved or not it is guaranteed that children are prone to learn easily in this kind of atmosphere. And whatever learned will not be easily forgot. 

Importance of Child education

Education (Learning) outside Classroom

This concept begin with parent child education majorly at home. Children begin to learn (informally) the moment they are given birth. This is typically synonymous to learning outside classroom. Learning outside classroom means using places other than classroom for teaching and learning; therefore home base school find base to stand on same concept.

Learning outside classroom is about getting children and young people out as per providing them with real time educational experience. Be it learning through involvement in educational play activities outside classroom. The experience can be challenging, exciting and demand driving lessons learnt are easily assimilated. 

Importance of Child education (outside classroom)

The importance of education is innumerable. Starting to learn formally or informally in early childhood matter most in every children life. Emphasizing on general facets of human growth and development; childhood education outside classroom are basic foundation for children future development where class base setting build strong holds upon. This serve as factors providing strong base learning for life long abilities for learning in classroom to include cognitive, social and  cultural development.

Benefits of learning outside classroom

Considering the fact that outside classroom learning take place with direct involvement or participation of children; it simply mean it is an experimental approach and definitely it going to be filled with experiential absorption of facts learn real time as such will give children room to exercise their imaginative thinking, creative thinking and related skills like problem solving skills, sense of belonging to social world and been good citizen of the world.

Other benefits that can be derived is children develop active response to change, learn taking responsibilities, managing thoughts, taking calculated risk and most importantly socializing with the environment the learning activities is taken place.

Coping with change cannot be over emphasised in such learning environ and it solely makes learning more engaging, interactive and relevant to their respective age.     

Why real learning doesn’t occur inside classroom

Learning forms part of education; right’ the real education does not just happen in places where the surroundings factors is not flexible to align with assimilation through questioning of facts. Definitely, lesson can be learn but the education impact in it may not be maximized.

Education is not just about preplanned lesson, it goes further to expose the artistic reality, facts about things, practical painting of facts with clear understanding of how things are really and not just mere theory.   

For example describing how a trip to museum you visited weeks back is to a child can only stimulate his/her imagination but will not make such child unfold is imaginative power. As such become theory and not practical experience that can trigger his/her creativity in imagination with real time questioning of thoughts within conscious mind.

Do children learn better outside classroom?

Yes’ learning outside classroom can be more effective than in class base setting. Education outside school is real time and not preplanned lesson notes. It is always interactive and experience is the best teacher during this period. Despite a child might be with a parent during learning or with the teacher may be during field trips, fact isl; it is taken place real time. All part of the body is actively involve.    

Children are more eager to learn new things when they are outside the scope of classroom setting. The experience can be without limit, the education herein has no limitation in area of absorbing facts.

Kuo’s study further compliment through research on educating mind through learning in nature. Founding shows that teaching outdoors increase children interest in a subject where they are giving room to experiment with the immediate environment where such thing in question exist. It stimulate the intrinsic motivation to learn and such can help them build retentive memory than just in regular classroom.

What does out of classroom education promotes?

Education outside classroom stimulate both conscious and subconscious learning real time. Children brain during this period are sensitive to pick up information actively. The brain is elastic at this particular time of active interaction with the state of mind. Children memory and level of alertness are easily developed in that play and fun base learning form basic part of educating children. Fact be told, the children are able to interact flexibly to improve communication skills, socialization skills, team work, spirit of sportsmanship, and also develop abilities in area of tackling challenges or facing real-life situations

For instance field trip is known to be one of the effective way of teaching children socialization and other related skills. Cutting budget on such is like limiting a child exposure and education. Learning is not enough in the area of reading or strict academics life and ignoring other areas where children needs to grow. Children mind need to be broaden through exposure, their horizon should not be limited to in classroom education but giving room to explore their immediate environ in order to help them discover interest.   

Education (Formal or Informal) should not be limited to class base setting…

Not forgetting the fact that some subject cannot solely be taught in classroom; agricultural science is one. Other life experience cannot be learn in the classroom e.g. trading, it required practical experience more like entrepreneurship is not just about theory but practical education is required. Self-education is another yet unexplored by little children. However early exposure can easily make them discover themselves out rightly.

Side effect of not embracing outside classroom education

This can be innumerable, it can be demoralizing, limiting factors of learning new things, destabilizing general knowledge of differences in human and nature. Understanding will be too confined and socialization skills will be immensely affected as suck may also lead to awkwardness.  

Complex can set in considering the way the world is currently growing.  Ability to learn new thing may be deterred, sense of belonging to the social class also will be affected. Creative mind, imaginative power, innovations and likes can be immensely affected. I can go and on to mention   

Children can have an excellent academic career outside the classroom!

Yes’ absolutely right; where they are taught various subjects and courses practically most especially when they are administered through educational play. Children learn faster when they indulge in extracurricular activities more than when they are sealed in a four corner building called a classroom.

According to research, the classroom has an effect of boring kids and students if there are no extracurricular activities. A course or subject with more practical aspects has the tendency of being passed more by students than those who are only based on theory.

The four corner box bores students if they are kept in all day; kids must be taken out to fields, workshops, excursions and others to make them receive fresh air, which is good for their brain. Kids’ brains can be developed for success outside the classroom through many ways not limited to the curated list below.

How to improve child’s education outside the classroom

Many ways and options are open to help a child education outside schools. Children knowledge will be immensely enhance through exposure and real-life interaction with the social world and not only in the school setting where education is limited to academics activities. Below are curated list of how to improve a child education outside classroom.

Extracurricular Activities

These are activities like sports, musical instrument learning. Kids must participate in these activities for them to develop an interest outside reading and writing. Sadly not all children have a genius brain for reading and writing, but some are extremely good at sports, music, art drawings, and inventions. Indulging kids in these activities will help develop them for success; after all, not everyone ends up working in an office. Some do just fine in sports, music and other aspects.

Exposure to educative media programs

As humans, we hardly forget what we hear or see. Kids can be taught through viewing educative videos and programs. A kid that watches the alphabet made into song for several days or weeks will end up singing and dancing just as he/she saw in the video. Kids can be exposed to learning through visual aids at their early stage; it helps imprint the images and words in their brains that they cannot forget for a very long time.

Understand your child’s way of creation

Some kids turn what they learn into songs, choreography or poems. Even adult students turn some definitions or laws that they feel are too long to assimilate into songs for remembrance when needed. This helps them remember anything they have learned and put it to use.

Creating mind maps

As a parent, make sure you connect things with words that best express or explain it for your kids understanding. When you see a familiar situation or words, you can quickly remind them of a word that can be linked with it to have a broader understanding of what that word means. They will not forget those words because they will relate it to that situation or incident.

Let your child tutor you

Cultivate the habit of asking your kids questions, ask them what something is and let them explain to you in the form they understand. If they are wrong, you can then correct them with a smile, that way, they remember the incident, and it gets imprinted in their brain. 

Sharpen their sensory organs

Help your kids sharpen their sensory organs; seeing, feeling, tasting, smelling and touching. Let them see an object, feel what it is like by touching, know what it smells like, and taste it if it is edible. They will never forget that object no matter how long they have known it.

Break down information

A child will not understand some things you teach in just one day. You might need to break down its meaning into fragments like, what it can be used for, and where it can be applied constantly if needed.

School trips and boot camps

Children like to be in the midst of their peers and friends, schools should take kids on trips such as excursions to various centers and camps to open up their eyes to a new world and learn new things and let them breath in a fresh environment different from classroom.

Competitions 

Competitions are a challenging session of questions governed by certain rules and conducted by people with more experience and knowledge. When kids participate in competitions, their brains are subjected to fast thinking, correct guesses, mind mapping, ability to get past tricky questions. They are forced to tap into their inner geniuses and expand their brains limits. Competitions can be organized as intra-school, inter-school, intra-class or inter-class. Encourage your child to get involved in competitions that he/she thinks he can handle.

Home tutorials by parents

 Parents have great roles in their child success even more than teachers. Parents should be there to help kids with their home works and assignments. If they are not literate enough, they can employ a good tutor to help their kids but still must be present to monitor the advancement of their kids and how fast they pick up things. 

Love

Kids needs to be encouraged no matter their level of success. A brilliant kid should be applauded and advised to do more while an average kid too should be shown love, advised to do more after letting them understand that they can overcome their average state and how to go by it.

Seminars and workshops

Kids can be made to attend seminars where lectures will be given by experienced lecturers or teachers in a certain aspect, the child can find interest in them as role models and decide to follow their positive footsteps. When children go for workshop, they get access to make practical use of all they have been learning in the four corner building called classroom.

Experience

What you experienced can never be erased from your memory. Make sure kids get to experience some of what they are taught, a human will always narrate their experience as if it’s a fresh happening, of course be careful of what they experience to avoid trauma.

Good Nutrition

The effect and advantage of nutrition can never be ignored. A child’s brain functions well when exposed to good nutrition and diet. Every field of work requires a certain nutritional table. Athletes go with food that makes them agile and flexible, builders with food to make them stronger. Introduce healthy diets to your children to make their brain have advantages over others. Also note that nutrition should change according to current health, situation e.g. exams, during exams kids need to take certain diets to help them assimilate faster, so always be concerned about your kids’ nutrition

Create a suitable reading environment

Don’t force a particular subject on your kids, let them choose the one they want to read at the particular moment and give them the space to study alone at least for a while. Your presence can pressure or frustrate them, you can come check on them once in a while to make sure they are reading and also ask them questions to know if they are actually getting what they are reading, give them the freedom to study on their own once in a while without holding cane to their faces or dictating how they should read.

Encourage open and sincere communication

Do not allow your kids hide their education life, don’t neglect it either, ask about how they are doing and what they think frustrates or excites them, let them share their experience at school and make sure you attend to anything that needs attention, don’t leave them to find answers themselves, help them with love and make them feel they are not alone.

Learning outside classroom how to arrange things orderly
Teaching a child to arrange firewood

Help them with chores

Don’t kill your children with chores! You can help them out once in a while, especially during exams, they need to be focused and alert, you can help them do the dishes or wash their clothes, give them extra space to pay attention to their books and make the room suitable for learning.

There are many other ways kids’ can be shaped for academic success outside the classroom and few important once have been mentioned above. Kids’ academic success mostly defines their success now because an uneducated person is limited in no matter what field they involve themselves in.

Remember Education is a master key; help your child grow in knowledge outside school and also support academics growth inside the classroom; so they won’t be left out among peers and friends in nearby future. Education outside school has great impacts on their way of life, how they relate with people, how they think, how they handle things, how they make decisions and how they bring results.

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