The World Wide Web is an endless source of information. Nearly every subject or topic that can be covered is talked about on the internet. When correctly used, the internet can be a fantastic tool to expand your children’s imagination and knowledge. Especially in today’s world, educators are becoming more and more creative on how to harness the power of the internet to educate. Here are some unique and fun ways to use the internet to your advantage to teach your kids.
Virtual Field Trips
The past year nearly eliminated all field trips for students. While field trips aren’t exactly necessary for a solid education, they tend to be a favorite among kids. Luckily, with advancements in filming and audio, many organizations now offer immersive virtual experiences. Let your kids explore a zoo, watch a farmer tend to their livestock, or even tour manufacturing plants from the comfort of home with virtual field trips. As a bonus, you can do a craft related to your chosen virtual field trip or pack sack lunches for them to enjoy while watching.
Boost Reading Confidence with Audio Books
Reading is perhaps the most important skill for a child to master, especially in early development. Strong reading abilities are the building block upon which every other subject is based. Help your child get excited about reading by exploring all of the audiobooks offered online. Audiobooks can be used to read along or enhance audio comprehension. For even better results, experiment with different reading levels to find the best audiobook titles suited for your child.
Connect with Other Parents or Educators
Educating children is no small feat. For some parents, if not every parent at times, the task can feel overwhelming. Other times, your child might be struggling with a subject and you just aren’t sure how to properly help them. Luckily, thanks to the internet and your internet provider, you don’t have to face these troubles alone. There are thousands of parents facing the same difficulties as you. Even better, there are thousands of support groups and conversation boards online where parents offer each other tips, tricks, and guidance. While this tip does not directly educate your child, getting support from other parents can massively increase your ability and confidence to teach your kids.
Learn Through Play
Many educators would argue that children, especially younger children, learn best through play. Use the internet to your advantage by sparking your children’s interest in educational games. From math and science to reading and reasoning there is a fun educational game option for every subject online. Not only will playing games teach your child a new thing or two, but it can also help enhance hand-eye coordination.
All in all, the internet can be a wonderful tool for education. While it is important to discuss internet safety with your children, the internet can also promote curiosity and wonder. When trying to further your child’s education at home don’t overlook how valuable the internet can be.
By Kara Masterson