Have fun and learn more: how enjoyment speeds up learning

by | Jan 8, 2019 | Research | 0 comments

You’d be forgiven for thinking that learning a new language is boring. Most of us grew up learning the old-fashioned way. Memorising heaps of verb conjugations, revising flashcard after flashcard. For many of us, it’s the only way we know. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

Schools teach language differently now. The research shows that rote learning only gets you so far. Studying grammar and vocabulary is useful, but there’s a limit to this kind of learning.

People who speak more than one language fluently will tell you that it’s intuitive. They’ve immersed themselves in another language. They’ve grown up with an instinctive sense of how language works. And once you’ve studied one language, it’s much easier to learn the next one. Sounds like a lot of work, but the key to learning a language intuitively is surprisingly simple.

It’s all about fun.

Research proves that if you enjoy learning, you learn more (and at a faster pace, too). So it’s important to make language learning fun. That way, the learning part becomes effortless. No more tears when it comes to French practice. No more tactics to get out Spanish lessons. Kids love learning new languages with One Third Stories.

Our Story Boxes immerse children in a new language while cranking the fun factor up to ten. Our authors craft stories that captivate children. Our illustrators bring them to life. Then we bring a new language into the mix and make learning part of the fun.  

Enjoyment speeds up learning

Teachers have known this for years and now research proves it. Kids learn quicker when they’re enjoying themselves. Studies have shown that children who love to learn do well at school and later in life. That’s because they enjoy the process of learning, so they don’t need to rely on rewards to get motivated.

Stories shape the way we think. So it’s no surprise that we love them so much! Think back to your early childhood. What was your favourite story?

Chances are, you can remember every detail. You can conjure up beloved characters like you read the book yesterday. Stories stick. It makes sense to make use of this when you’re learning a new language.

Schools recognise the importance of stories too. Most English lessons are planned around a book that kids love. It’s about time we used the same tactic for learning other languages.

Reading makes kids smarter

Stories are enjoyable, but they’re also beneficial. As children, we use stories to explore worlds we’ve never seen. To meet characters we’ve never come across. There are no limits when it comes to the world of stories! It’s no surprise that children who read stories (or listen to them) are more intelligent and empathetic.

If your kids aren’t keen on books, don’t fret. Our Story Boxes include a handy audiobook version, and we find that many reluctant readers love to listen to our stories. The best part? Listening to audiobooks is just as beneficial as reading their paper counterparts.

Take a look here to found out how stories make you stronger, smarter, and kinder.

Kids who love learning are ready for anything

The only thing we know for sure about the future is that change is coming. A recent OECD report on the future of education and skills identified two skills that are becoming more and more important. Resilience and empathy are the keys to success in a world that’s constantly changing. Kids can learn empathy from connecting with the characters in their favourite stories. They can develop resilience by learning a new language.

When you practise a new language early on, you make mistakes. You reflect on them and carry on. This process makes you more resilient. When you read stories at a young age, you see the world through each character’s eyes. That makes you more empathetic. Put the two together? You’re unstoppable.

Kids love to read (and re-read) our books

Kids learn best when they do it more than once. Studies show that you need to see new information at least three times before it goes into your long-term memory. That’s why repetition helps. We find that many of our young readers love to read and re-read our stories. This means they’re learning bit by bit. That way, they remember new words for longer.

Re-reading comes with benefits. Children get to know their favourite characters even better, fostering empathy. They become more and more familiar with the language in the book. Kids will repeat the words they love, over and over again. Whether it’s the words to the Baby Shark song or a useful phrase in Spanish, it’s worth repeating.

As they grow older, re-reading can reveal new delights. Their minds develop and they start to understand more and more of what they read. It’s an empowering feeling for a child to go back and read a book out loud that you once read to them. It’s a wonderful bonding experience for you and your child.

Storytelling that delights and language that sticks

Our stories combine the best stories with language learning. Each month, you get a Story Box delivered to your door. Inside, you’ll find a storybook that they’ll love and an activity book that’s fun to complete (but doesn’t skimp on educational value). Every activity makes use of new words and phrases in context to make learning even easier.

Kids who love learning, do better. It’s much easier to retain new words and phrases when you’re having fun.

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