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Though the internet tends to get much bad press when it comes to the younger generation, there is a substantial beneficial side that is often forgotten in the midst of such reporting.
In fact, there are a multitude of benefits that nearly all children of all ages can derive when it comes to online learning.
With thousands of adults regularly turning to the internet to update their own skills, gain a new qualification, or simply learn a new hobby, it’s worth looking at how children can do precisely the same here too.
Whether you have a child who already spends a great deal of time online or one who has yet to discover the World Wide Web, here are some fantastic suggestions of where they could excel the most when it comes to learning during their time online.
So popular that it was in fact, brought into some schools and placed on the curriculum, educational establishments certainly believe coding and programming for children is a vital skill!
Many youngsters are encouraged to start their programming and coding journey with Scratch. Not only is this the more exciting of places to start, but it allows children to devise their own games, stories, and animation videos.
All the while they’re having fun and creating a massive amount of digital content, they’re also learning the very basics of how to begin programming alongside what such concepts, terms, and definitions mean.
The skills children learn from coding and programming are thoroughly helpful when it comes to school. Here they will be able to solve problems, work out solutions on their own, while developing greater confidence as they do so.
As well as helping them understand technology better, coding can also work well when furthering math, writing, and all-around creativity.
Some people feel that that the number of children learning to play a musical instrument has dropped in recent years. Technology often takes the blame for this belief!
However, never has it been easier to learn how to read music, play an instrument, and create your own songs – and it’s all thanks to the internet.
Many apps exist all over the internet, which allow children to begin playing an instrument step by step, moving in time to the guide.
Also, the hundreds of videos on the internet whereby skilled musicians offer their musical advice and knowledge mean there are multiple hours of free information all aimed at children to help them pick up an instrument and learn how to play it – and all in their own time.
The internet also boasts thousands of sheet music which means there’s no need to spend money finding the music to help your child with their online musical training, and they can access their favorite tunes within seconds!
As well as offering children skills such as enhanced coordination, alongside improved reading skills and learning skills, learning music this way offers your child more creativity. Here they can practice on a range of instruments; such is the exposure to almost every device available when learning online.
A Second Language
Unfortunately, the number of children taking up a second language has dropped drastically over the last few years. This is problematic because it means such children don’t get to experience the sheer benefits that learning a new language can bring.
However, there are plentiful areas online where children as young as just a couple of months can access foreign language learning programs.
With a heavy emphasis on the visual element, including many videos, children can also take part in online games and activities while gaining access to native speakers throughout to help them on their journey. Best of all, there’s no pressure to achieve the next level, and they can go back and instantly pick up on those areas they need more help with.
By taking on a new language online, children will develop enhanced problem-solving skills, and become more confident in many more subjects when at school, including literacy and math.
Best of all, if they can attempt a new language at an early age, they’re more than likely to continue and do well with it as they move up into higher education.
Though it may not instantly seem the most obvious of tasks and lessons for children to do online, cooking and eating healthy online sessions capitalize on those hugely popular cooking shows that are proving so popular with the younger generation!
One of the areas of the home whereby safety and care are paramount, when learning about this from the many online videos, and apps, such courses can often emphasize the importance of the kitchen environment, sometimes more so than when adults just reel it all off a list!
Online videos here that show other children in a kitchen environment whereby they’re learning to cook safely while having fun at the same time, encourage a child to follow their lead and work step by step to achieve their success.
From the basics that many of us even as adults haven’t been taught, all the way through to the more elegant methods of cooking, just watching their peers is sometimes all the encouragement children need to get started here.
Discovering how to cook online builds multiple life skills in children, particularly if they’re from a home whereby parents can’t cook – or simply don’t have the time to show them.
Alongside confidence in the kitchen comes creativity, which leads to children being more likely to try the food they’ve made themselves -therefore more inclined to try those healthier options as a result.
Final Thoughts on Children Learning Online
Undoubtedly, all children need to learn how to deal with life online. With technology and applications improving and upgrading every year, the younger generation has little choice but to accept this way of life.
However, the internet can be a most beneficial tool when it comes to learning, as is evident from the various skills they can work on as they attempt coding, programming, music, languages or cooking online!
It’s also worth remembering here that as well as learning new skills and gaining more knowledge and positioning themselves in a more enviable place for later life, leaning online can actually be the most fun way for many children.
Ask a child whether they’d prefer to sit in a school classroom or learn online from the comfort of the internet; it’s more than guaranteed online learning will win hands down every time!
Therefore, as parents if we can capitalize on this enthusiasm, we can ensure the internet becomes a valuable educational tool for many years to come.