“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”—Proverbs 9:9
Summer’s here…it’s getting hot…and the kids are excited. This is the perfect time to enhance your child’s education by purposely using the normal, everyday experiences to teach him something exciting about God’s world. Use the carefree summer days to help your children turn off the TV and “get their hands dirty.”
Arouse interest by asking questions. Learning can happen anywhere and everywhere. Want to get your elementary child’s interest? Don’t tell him what you are doing, but in his presence, start pulling out the items needed for an unusual activity. For instance, in the kitchen, start pulling out various clear glasses or bowls. Fill them with water and start putting a different colored drop of food coloring in each glass. Any kid within sight will ask you what you are doing. Now you have his interest. (Activity explained in “involve.”)
The backyard, the kitchen, the garage—all are fantastic places to find the ingredients for very interesting experiences. Teach fractions while baking cookies. Teach about poison safety. Check local libraries and book stores for kid-safe experiments. They are usually easy to follow and use ingredients that you probably have around the house. Now to finish the activity mentioned above: turn the food coloring droppers over to the child and let him experiment with creating different colors using the four basic colors. He’ll probably put too much color in and turn the water brown. Let him start over. This is the learning process. Encourage your child to write the “recipes” for as many different colors as he can create.
The conversation and experiences that occur during fun times like these are what will impact your child and make his learning relate to other experiences in life. For instance, if you use the food color activity mentioned above, talk with your child and discuss crayons and how they are made. Ask questions that make him think: “Do you think the crayon people get to play around and invent new colors?” Most likely he will have an opinion! And you can be sure that the next year in school when he pulls out his crayons, he will remember that learning experience with you!
It is hard to accomplish a given task without the right tool. By giving a student a love for reading, you are giving a tool that will help him accomplish many tasks throughout his life. I challenge you today to arouse within a student a love for reading!