Hi! My name is Claire, and I’m a 6th-grade student who lives in Taipei, Taiwan. I love to read, and today I’m here to talk about the topic of whether learning can be playful and casual like it was in kindergarten, and I hope you enjoy reading and can use this article to help you!
When we were all in kindergarten, games and fun activities were all there was to know and learn. But now in 6th grade, almost everything has changed, the workload is way larger and has replaced our free time, and the rules have grown stricter as well. Most kids have dropped early bedtimes, having been replaced with really late ones. But what if we were to teach all the 6th-grade material through kindergarten play? Counting apples, singing the ABC’s, doing jumping jacks, and drawing the rainbow? The answer is no. But if you can make it possible, feel free to try! The teaching materials and criteria we have to meet are just too complicated and difficult for teachers to teach through kindergarten ways! That would look like the goofballs dancing around, the goody-two-shoes staring, and the lower grade students smiling. Not only we can’t learn and absorb all we need to know, but we’d also stumble through our grades and knowledge. All the previous lessons we had would be wasted, and our experiences too.
If we could combine these two teaching methods, school would be a fun and educational place at the same time! The way we could do this is by perhaps using a small, related game to what we’re doing, and let the students more understand the situation and what we are learning in class. Not only will this keep the class in order, but it will also teach the students with more connection, as it is well known that most children learn better when they can relate to something in real life portrayed in a game. This might cure all teachers problems with teaching.
Previously, during an Individual and Societies class, we played a game about social status and class. We talked about how some people are born with some advantages of funding and money. We then played a game where there were three rows, and volunteers sat in the three rows, first, second and last row. We were each handed a sheet of paper and were told to ball it up and aim for a bucket in the front. Of course, many people in the back rows couldn’t toss it in, and the front row almost all tossed it in the bucket and were all handed a lollipop as a reward for achieving their goals.
This is a very good example of educational teaching combined with fun and games to make classes more interesting and to catch the students’ attention. Another great example is charades, which I played in 5th grade. Our teacher wanted to see how much we understood and learned of the classes, so at the end of the semester, so he put some topics in a jar and 6-7 people would go up and randomly take out a slip of paper, and act out whatever was on the slip for their group mates to guess. We all enjoyed it greatly and looked forward to it after the midterms and exams.
Here are more suggestions if you want to have fun too! This can help the students to learn through fun and enjoy the class more, so I hope we have more of these classes!
- Fun tasks. Ex- Impersonating a book character to understand the character more.
- Games that are educational. Ex- Charades on what you’ve learned recently
- Enjoyable classes. Ex- Classes that aren’t just the teacher talking, but with activities that you know how to do and to have fun in.