Fun? What’s that?
After a long day at work, you come back home exhausted and you just want to sleep. But then you remember that your little one has his homework to do.
With the diminishing energy that you have, you sit with him to do his homework, only to see him apathetic and unresponsive to your attempts at making him study!
Well, if this is the case, then I can assure you, you’re not alone.
Education in India is continually found guilty of being mundane and pro-rote methods. We can definitely empathise with our kids on this one, as we ourselves have been victims of this education system.
The one thing our kids focus on while they sit there “ardently” studying is, when they can go back to play.
We have always categorised School and games as mutually exclusive. But, can there be a fun way to integrate the two and give our children the fun they seek, whilst giving them the knowledge that they require?
Yes, the very scarce, yet obvious solution to this would be to integrate the polar opposites of fun and education.
According to a report by Jessica Sanders in her Market Analysis blog, 70% of teachers have seen that implementing games in their teaching aids increases the response they get from students, yet only 18% of them are implementing them.
Benefits of the Integration
I can assure you that the benefits to this integration are endless but here are my top few:
- Deep-rooted understanding: When youngsters play a game, they tend to go through the instructions and technicalities more carefully. As they are aware that these need to be recalled at a point later in the game. The perks of knowing the terms and complex jargon are more exciting in a game vs. a mundane Monday morning lesson.
- Dealing with Failure: Games transform the discomfort and mental hurdle that ‘failure’ can create and turns it into an opportunity to master the task at hand.
- Increasing the attention span: With the advent of smartphones, the attention span of the younger generation has been on a big decline. With the focus needed in video games, your kid can now have a platform to work on the dearth of his concentration.
- Less to worry: Going back to the point of you coming back exhausted from work, you can now
be restassured that your child is studying wisely and you can finally sleep peacefully!
At this note, I shall leave you with some food for thought.
When we make play the foundation of learning, we teach the Whole Child.Vince Gowmon
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