Children need fun in their lives. Especially if all they see in schools are boring teachers and lots of homework. Extracurricular studies should inspire curiosity and teach children that learning can be exciting. In this case you won’t have to make your kids do anything they don’t want to do. They will actually be motivated to learn!
In addition to that, there is a lot of credible research
which shows that people acquire new information much faster if they’re experiencing positive emotions. The minute children stop enjoying the process, they stop learning. This opinion is also backed by the American professor of linguistics Stephen Krashen. According to his Affective Filter hypothesis
, learners with self-confidence and a low level of anxiety are better equipped for success in second language acquisition. Opposite emotions, such as fear or shame, can form a 'mental block' that prevents effective language acquisition.
Why does it happen?
Mostly because of dopamine – a neuromodulator produced by the human brain when a person is experiencing positive emotions. When our brain perceives something as interesting and fun, it wants to reward and motivate us to keep pursuing our goals. And it does that by releasing dopamine which gives us a feeling of joy and desire for new achievements. In addition to that, dopamine also improves attention, memory and focus.
That’s why if a child isn’t having fun during the lesson – it’s time to find a new teacher!