Children are little sponges, and until you see the curious eyes of a toddler watching as you crack eggs in the morning, to seeing the nine-year-old you once rocked to sleep learn code, you won’t appreciate just how curious children really are. They’re born with a desperate need to learn everything and anything. They’ll walk and talk, explore and taste absolutely everything. When children soak up new information and skills, they thrive on that and along the way, the love of learning you once watched them develop begins to fade. It’s sad to see, but it happens.
The good news, though, is that you can help your children to claw this back. You can get them back their love of learning, and you can ensure that they want to learn before they go to school.
Children go to school to learn from their teachers, but before they get there they learn from you. You are their first teacher, first friend and the first person to ever introduce them to anything resembling excitement. You are able to bring back a love of learning so that before they start with math, science and reading readiness skills, they are excited about the actual world. The flowers, the way clouds are formed, the textures in each room of the house. You can help to ensure that they love to learn whatever they can, and with the tips below, you can help to get your children loving to learn once again.
- Help Them To Discover.
- Children learn better when they can be passionate about topics that really interest them. One of the best ways to foster a love of learning is to allow them to follow their passions. Children fight against rules and strict behaviour but they thrive on boundaries that they help to put in place. When children are allowed a choice in the topics that they learn, they learn better, faster and they retain it more easily. When this knowledge is retained, they hunger for more of it. If your child loves bumblebees, get them working to read, draw, write all about bumblebees!
- Give Them Experiences.
- Learning happens in a lot of ways, from learning by reading to learning by writing. Other children learn by doing, and if you can provide hands-on experiences for your children, they’re going to be better able to retain the information that you give them. Going back to bumblebees: children who love bumblebees can immerse themselves in harvesting honey and being beekeepers for a day. They can experience it for themselves and make memories as a result. Your children will benefit from the research that shows that hands-on learning is better for children than anything else. If you can offer experiences, you offer knowledge.
- Make It Fun.
- No one wants to be lectured and talked at all day long. Children, especially, want to have fun while they learn. The more fun the knowledge is, the better able they are to retain it and recite it easily. Songs, games, hunts and activities that remain creative will make learning a much happier activity all around!
- Show Your Love of Learning.
- If your children know that you love to learn, they will follow suit. It’s not a surprise that little boys and girls who love books come from parents who read to them, around them, in their spare time. If you love to learn and explore, they will follow your exemplary example and be a shadow to you. You are the best role model they have!
- Get Their Style Down.
- If your child learns by doing, do things. If they learn by viewing things, give them visual options. You are in control here and if you can help them to learn with visual efforts, then you will! Children have a learning style that may differ from yours, and you can help them to learn the right style for them. This way, you’re better pressed to enhance their learning.
- Learning should be about discussion, not lectures. Get them involved in a conversation rather than talking at them. It makes all the difference to their learning and they will be better able to retain the information that you are giving them. Children love to ask questions and they shouldn’t have to feel as if their questions make them a nuisance.
- Lastly, encourage your children to learn. If they find a topic they love, encourage them to do more with it. They will be happier learning if they know you support and love them alongside it. Encouragement is vital for learning success!