25Jun
2014
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Preschool Kids Education

How To Raise A Child That Loves To Learn

There is an old saying that goes “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” In a similar sense, teachers and parents can provide students with an abundance of resources, a high quality education and constant support, and it will all mean nothing unless the student is dedicated, motivated and passionate about their education. The question, then, is how do you raise your child to love learning? How do your raise your child to have a passion for education? It’s not an easy task, but here are my top 5 tips to get you on the right track. 

1. Read To Your Child From A Young Age

This cannot be overstated. The benefits of reading to your child as much as possible, preferably every day, are astounding. I wrote an article on the benefits of reading from a young age that you can read here. The great thing is, you don’t have to limit what you and your child read together. You can read picture books to them, chapter books, comics, poems and plays. You can also point them out to signs that you see on the road and talk about their significance. The important thing is to show your child how fun reading can be! 

What it will teach them:

Language skills, communications skills, an inquiring mind, a passion for reading, spelling and grammar skills, emotional intelligence, critical thinking… The real question is, “what won’t it teach them?” 

2. Encourage Their Curiosity

Children ask a lot of questions. This is one of the best things about being a child. At no other point in our lives are we so curious and so open to learning new things. The best thing you can do as a parent is to praise your child for their questions and help them to find the answers. This will encourage your child to continue asking questions, to continue wondering why things work the way they do, to continue wanting to learn more about the world they live in. 

What it will teach them:

Curiosity, enquiry, how to think critically, how to pursue their own intellectual interests. 

3. Let Them Play With Multipurpose Toys

Some toys are designed to be played with in a particular way. Other toys, such as building blocks, Lego, stuffed toys and dress ups, or even an old pot, Tupperware and lids, offer a vast array of options for your child to explore. Many studies have shown that creative, imaginative and unconventional play is one of the ways that young children develop many of their cognitive faculties.  So you should never put too many rules on how your child should play; instead, encourage them to explore, experiment and be imaginative.

What it will teach them:

Creativity, ability to look at problems in a unique way, persistence, mental flexibility. 

4. Praise Them For Their Strengths

Children thrive on approval. When your child masters a skill, such as counting to ten, spelling their name or reading a difficult word in a book, make sure you let them know that you are proud of their efforts. It may seem simple, but even when they begin school, the positive feelings that they begin to associate with being praised for learning a new skill will stay with them. 

What it will teach them:

Self-confidence and the motivation to learn new skills. 

5. Open Their Minds

As much as possible, try to expose your child to new places, ideas and experiences. Visit art galleries, history museums, plays, concerts, sporting events and markets. Ask your child what they thought of each experience, what they learned and what they liked about it.

What it will teach them:

Enthusiasm for new ideas, an open-minded attitude, general knowledge.

Remember, it is never too early to establish good habits and positive attitudes towards education in your child. The earlier you begin, the more the benefits will pay off later in their life!

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