They say that every day you learn something new. Now the good news with that is it doesn’t always have to be in a classroom. It’s outside of the classroom that simple everyday activities can be implemented to further student’s learning. And even better, they won’t even know they’re doing it!
One of the simplest ways to increase a child’s concept of money is shopping. Whether it be groceries or new clothes shopping, transactions and searching for particular products allow for students to learn. In researching and comparing prices, students can identify the value of money and the difference in the value of this money at different stores and for different products. Grocery shopping adds extra learning appeal. Students can weigh food and vegetables and decide on quantities. Students may also learn new words as they wander the aisles.
Once students have got the groceries, the next activity on today’s learning agenda is cooking! With all the produce and products purchased at the supermarket, students can swap the shopping list for a chef’s hat and an apron. In following recipes and instructions, students discover the significance of a method or process that must be followed. Fractions and different quantities of food are also involved. At the end of all their hard work, students get to eat the reward, which I am sure is enticement enough.
Now if shopping for the ingredients wasn’t educational enough, why not try to get students to grow the produce themselves? Measurements and lengths of garden beds need to be defined. Instructions have to be followed. And a level of hygiene is encouraged (which considering what we’ve been through this year, you’d think couldn’t be furthered). Students must wash and prepare their produce once fully developed to ensure it’s ready for the dining table. But nothing planted will grow without constant love and attention! Students will inherit a responsibility to water their new life growing in the backyard.
By encouraging students to participate in activities such as these, students can continue to foster their learning without the need for a classroom or teacher. These activities are engaging and educational at the same time. In this way, students can look at the world around them and discover the opportunities for education in each aspect of its existence.