Why is a fun approach to learning so important?

A fun approach to learning is so important for children and adults alike, whether for swimming lessons or for any other learning opportunity.

The easiest way for a child to acquire the skills needed to be a confident swimmer is through fun and games. Games are an ideal way for children to develop their jigsaw of skills and may even lead to them learning how to combine one skill with another, without even realising.

When instructors use activities that make learning engaging and fun, children are more willing to participate. Having fun while learning also helps students retain information better because the process is enjoyable and memorable.

Teaching water safety can prove to be difficult because raising awareness of the dangers that can be in the water can create a fearful atmosphere amongst the children. Therefore, by introducing an element of fun into the lessons, combines education with entertainment which replaces the children’s fear.

When teaching a child anything, it is important to understand how a child learns skills best. There are 8 Laws of learning in a child’s mind, that must all be completed for the child to successfully learn the new skill. This is presented in the infographic to the left.

1. Primacy

Playing is a way we learn. Survival skills are learnt through play from an early age, this has been proven in animal studies. For example, in wild horse herds youngsters that kick up their heels in play are a lot more likely to reach their first birthday.

2. Exercise

The law of exercise states that the more we practice and repeat an action, the more we remember. Children in Swimtime lessons are driven to repeatedly practice in games until mastery is achieved.

3. Requirement

Children are rewarded with certificates in lessons. Through rewarding the children, they remain motivated to keep playing and master the next challenge.

4. Freedom

Swimtime lessons are committed to the individuals potential. Every child has the freedom to learn at their own pace achieving their maximum capability.

5. Readiness

Children learn better when they are physically, mentally and emotionally ready. The Goldilocks theory is to do a challenge within a game. It can’t be too hard or easy, it needs to be just right.

6. Recency

Swimtime lessons are weekly to stay on top of the improvement from the previous week. Regularly practicing the same skills helps with muscle memory which means the children will remember the skills that they have learnt.

7. Effect

Combining education with an element of fun is effective for successful lessons and its continuously proven in Swimtime lessons.

8. Intensity

The more intense and interesting the material is, the more likely it will be retained. Games that engage you through effective use of visuals, audio and storyline are more engaging. Games help you to learn effortlessly by engaging the whole brain.