How to Nurture Your Children’s Love of Learning
“Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I will learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Parents can learn a thing or two from this insightful quote. A key to nurturing a love of learning in children lies in active participation. Engaging activities can help unlock their minds and bring out untapped potential.
The start of an academic year can be an excellent time to put this theory into practice. Your children are already in a back-to-school mode. You can add purposeful play into their routine to improve their literacy skills and cope with new lessons. There are a lot of ideas in this post, but all you need to do is implement one or two of them to make a difference in your children’s lives!
Start Using Screen Time Smartly
Does swapping screen time for study time start a rebellion at home?
You’re not alone.
Taking away digital devices from a generation that grew up around screens can start a power struggle. You might breed animosity for academic-related tasks instead of nurturing a love of learning when that happens. Luckily, you can rewire tech-savvy minds to continue learning during downtime.
- Download popular learning apps for English and math that stimulate young minds.
- Teach American history through period-based movies, series, and musicals
- NatGeo says musicals like Hamilton can “spark a learning revolution.” Children pick up facts and understand concepts faster through sensory aids.
- Add educational programs and age-appropriate documentaries to the watch list
Support Academic Growth via Independent & Group-Based Learning
Nurture your children’s love of learning by promoting autonomy and independence, with help available if necessary. Needless to say, this approach also boosts self-esteem.
Children enjoy learning new things with peers. Enrolling them in local educational programs and activities can be beneficial. It improves their communication skills, equips them to become socially adept, and refines other literacy skills.
● Children can build language speaking and negotiating skills by joining a debate team
● Local book clubs and subscription-based reading programs are an excellent way to improve communication skills and vocabulary
● Sign up your children for weekly/monthly field trips and educational programs to help them explore scientific and historical concepts
● Hire tutors to work on learning areas and concepts your children struggle with during the school year
You can use these programs to fill educational gaps by scheduling extra classes with dedicated tutors. Alternatively, it can become an opportunity for them to shift their focus from play to productive activities. Your children can become activists, performing artists, diplomats, and more when you encourage them to step out of their shells.
Bring Concepts to Life with Hands-On Activities
Do your children question the importance and practicality of theory-based subjects? Science, history, math, geography, and other complex subjects might seem boring. It’s because your children don’t find those concepts and theories relatable.
You can change this by getting them more involved in daily learning tasks.
Here are some innovative ideas:
● Teach money management and financial literacy by getting preteens and teens involved in budget planning, garage sales, grocery shopping, etc.
● Use YouTube videos and science project kits to engage in fun activities (like creating a volcano or hatching chicks) during the weekend.
● Use a map and ask your children to direct you when you go on nature trails and expeditions to improve their navigational skills
In short, go beyond the classroom curriculum. Use social cues, familiar elements, and nature to nurture a love of learning. These innovative activities allow young minds to connect conceptual information with practical knowledge. In turn, you are preparing them for college life and professional life, where their adaptive skills are an essential requirement.
Purposeful play, education-driven group activities, and edutainment can produce positive outcomes. These activities teach children to explore and engage with their surroundings. They start thinking about learning beyond classrooms. These opportunities boost their cognitive, intellectual, and social capabilities.
Without home-based learning, you limit educational experiences to classrooms. It can cause their academic progress to fall short in the long run.
A little effort can help them develop a lifelong love for learning and help children excel academically.
Don’t want grades to slip? Call in reinforcements by contacting Lafayette Academy to hire a tutor for online (or in-person) lessons.