A learning process will feel more interesting if it is done with different variations every day. Creating the variations is one of the key skills that must be possessed by an educator. Educators should apply the art of educating through varied styles of teaching, learning media used, and interactions with students in order to create a more fun way of learning. Variations in the learning activities come in the form of different activities to improve motivations and reduce the boredom of the students.
Taman Baca Inovator (TBI) library is not merely a place for children to read books. It is also a place for them to do their learning activities — such as doing their homework, tutoring of various subjects — and a fun place to play and learn. One of the challenges faced by the library is keeping the children interested to visit it. Children sometimes get tired of coming to libraries due to the monotone and limited activities provided by the libraries. Based on our data, we see that many children visited TBI library when it conducted new activities or activities involving new volunteers at the library. Therefore, continuous innovation is necessary to attract visitors to the library.
A few days ago, TBI Marie Curie library held an outdoor learning activity in one of the community gardens in Cipatat Village, Kampong Pasegan. TBI staffs and local children visited the garden to learn about some school subjects. The children also bring their favorite books to read at the place. Around 20 children participated in this activity. They joked around during the activity and sang while memorizing multiplication. The learned very well even though the learning process was not conducted inside a classroom.
It was a new experience for the children and TBI staffs. Everyone was happy. Learning and reading do not have to be done exclusively indoors. The yard, rice fields, gardens, and other places can also be used as a pleasant place for children to read and learn. TBI needs to keep doing updated activities to keep children interested in learning and reading. (Fajri Alfalah)