If you observe babies and preschoolers, you will notice they are curious about the world around them. They are eager to learn about everything. Don’t you wish you could keep this passion for exploration alive in their hearts, even as they grow older and head off to school? Here are a few tips to help your kids cultivate a love for learning:
A home with an enriched environment conducive to learning sends a message to your children that learning is important. The good news is that this doesn’t require a big budget. Weekly visits to the public library can keep your home rich with books, while reading to and with your children daily is one of the best investments you can make to nurture a love of learning.
Doing things together with your kids will teach them invaluable life skills. Let your children go grocery shopping and cook with you, work in the garage and help in the garden, fold clothes and play a role in other household chores.
In helping with daily activities, they may discover new interests, and you will be better able to hone their interests along the way. Additionally, as you talk with your children during these activities, you will develop the language area of their brain, which influences all aspects of their learning.
As your children grow, embrace the way they learn best, and set up learning environments best suited to their particular learning styles. You may be thinking, But I don’t know how my children learn.
To begin, become a student of your children. If you are a parent of toddlers or young children, you will notice that they are learning through all of their senses simultaneously. But as they begin the elementary years, their particular way of learning becomes more clearly defined.
Here are several learning patterns that you may observe in your elementary age children, plus suggestions about what you can do to enhance brain development on the home front:
Remember, as parents, your passion for learning is contagious. If you model an eagerness to learn new things, your children will become more excited, too, and become learners for life.