Children do not love to learn when sitting in a classroom or at home memorizing facts for a test. They are inspired by memorable experiences, artful language, art, music, movement, technology, relationships, and sometimes, academia. What can parents do to nurture their child’s love of learning? Here are some ideas:
Talking About Learning – When Children Love To Learn?
You can introduce your child to more words for things like reading and math by discussing them with her. Ask questions like: “What do you think that means?” or “Can you read some of the words?”
Give your child opportunities to explore when she has a question or when something seems confusing. This might look like saying, “I don’t know why birds fly south in winter, let’s see if we can find out!” or “Why is the sky blue?, let’s Google it!”
Use Everyday Activities to Teach a Love of Learning to Kids
Some people may think that teaching is what teachers do. But really, we all teach when we explain things to others or share our ideas with them. Teaching is one way we pass on our knowledge and share our experience with other people. A parent who’s enthusiastic about passing on their own interests and hobbies to their kids is also teaching them.
Parents teach through what they do, not just how they talk about learning with their children. So, show your kids that you value learning by doing things that demonstrate how you learn.
You can help your child develop a love of learning, and the benefits will last a lifetime, by teaching them to have fun through discovery and exploration. A trip to the aquarium or a day at the beach is perfect for discovering interesting facts about fish or shells, for example. When preparing food together, let your child choose which vegetables they want chopped up for dinner. Help them discover tastes they might not have tried before.
Tutoring Can Foster a Love of Learning
Another way parents can support children’s educational growth and development is through tutoring, especially if the child is struggling. There are many different options for tutoring, which can be helpful to children in all sorts of circumstances. Tutoring could help with any gap a student has, whether they struggle with school because of language barriers or it’s their first time being introduced to concepts that other students have already learned about. The student may not grow as quickly as the rest of the class but this tutor will be able to fill in those gaps and give them more opportunities later on.
If you want to find out more about tutoring, contact us here at Lafayette Academy. We can help you instill a love of learning in your child that is sure to last!