At a very early age, our children have a huge love of learning. They soak up the world around them with unbridled curiosity, exploring their surroundings with their all of their senses. Syd is 6 and still very much at this point. Somewhere along the way, the love for learning wanes, though. It may be because they are forced to learn things they dislike in the school environment, or it may be because their learning styles are in direct contrast to the way they are being taught at school and in the home. For whatever reason, learning ceases to be fun, and that’s a shame.
As parents, we are responsible for nurturing their love of learning in our children, above and beyond what is happening at school. There are a number of ways to do this, and by following some simple strategies, we can ensure their love for learning continues throughout their childhood and beyond.
To Nurture Their Love Of Learning, We should…
Make learning fun.
Playing games, taking part in creative activities, and singing songs are just some of the ways we can turn dry academic lessons into fun experiences for our kids. I shared some ideas here for the younger members of our family, so adapt them accordingly or look for other ideas online. As soon as our children understand that not all learning comes from textbooks and other chore-like experiences the better, so find things to do with your children that are enjoyable and fun.
Take an interest in our children’s learning.
Get involved with your children’s learning, no matter how busy your schedule. You should always make time to be present with your child’s learning. If you take an interest, they should (in theory) take more of an interest in their own learning. I love maths, and because I engage with Syd’s homework, she too now enjoys it. So, help them with homework projects, listen to them read, talk to them about their school day, pinpoint them to helpful YouTube videos and television programmes, and get involved with their school when possible. The more you care about their learning, the more they should care.
Role model positive learning behaviour.
If you want your children to value the learning experience, you should role model the same. Don’t bad mouth your school experience, or criticise your child’s school or teacher in front of them. If they sense your resentment towards education, they might start to resent it in their own life.
You can make an effort to learn new things yourself, be that through a new hobby or by taking such career-boosting courses as this Aston Online MBA. Hubby is doing a horticulture course, and Syd loves doing her homework while he is studying. If your children see that you value learning, and when they see the importance it can play in your life, they might start to place a higher value on learning in their own life.
Encourage their passions.
Sure, your child needs to learn maths, English, and all of those other academic subjects. They will also start to develop a passion on subjects and activities that become personal to them. From outer space to dinosaurs, they will be keen to learn more, so help them explore their passions. You can do that through talking about these subjects with them, and taking your children to places of interest. Finally, by supplying them with the resources they need to follow what they are interested in. Do all of these things, and DON’T squash their interests or devalue their passions. Don’t put your children down because you don’t hold the same value on the things they enjoy learning about.
So, don’t let your children give up on the love for learning. Do what you can to support them, work with their teachers, and role model your passion for learning. The more you can do as the parent, the better. Let me know what you think, and please share your ideas. After all, we all have more to learn!