5 Ways To Help Your Kids Fall in Love With Learning
Hearing your child get excited about learning is one of the most rewarding parenting feelings in the world. While test scores and report cards are important, ultimately, we want their love of learning to go beyond school and sustain them throughout their entire life. Not sure how to help make that happen? We’ll give you a few tips on how to make learning fun for your young ones.
Embrace and encourage their natural curiosity throughout their developmental stages, from baby to preschooler, kids to teens, and beyond. Try these tips and techniques that will not only help make learning fun but keep that passion for learning alive.
1. Start early.
Babies and preschoolers find everything fascinating, from the simple pleasure of staring at their own pudgy hands to stacking blocks to playing in the sand. Curious children are more likely to learn and retain information, stay involved and do better in school, so give them the opportunity to be inquisitive and explore their environment.
Share their wonder at the world by being engaged yourself and acknowledging their interests with equal wonderment. If your child is going through a dinosaur phase, visit a natural history museum or check out some kid’s books from your local library on prehistoric times. Active participation will boost their understanding and make learning fun!
2. Get outdoors.
Getting out into the world is a great way to inspire learning. Your own street offers a myriad of discovery opportunities, as does the local park, or even the farmers market. Kids remember experiences, so wherever possible, get them involved in the planning process.
Unstructured play is equally important to nurture and develop your children’s curiosity and sense of discovery. Throughout this process they’ll learn confidence and appreciation while creating memories that can last a lifetime. Encourage them in their passions and share their excitement.
3. Surround them with books.
Use media to inspire learning. A study by Harvard University researchers found that consistent access to books can increase a child’s motivation to read. By having books, magazines, and even newspapers on hand within easy reach, your child is more likely to become a proficient reader.
Set aside some time to read together, engaging your child’s interest along the way by asking questions and discussing plot lines. This active process is an invaluable learning tool. When they’re younger, they might prefer you to read the same book to them over and over but as kids age, suggest other books by the same authors, or books with similar story lines until their tastes expand and mature. Remember the old saying, “Kids learn to read and then they read to learn.”
4. Model learning.
Lead by example and become a role model for the learning process. As a nation we’ve become complacent in using Google and Alexa to find our answers. By talking through the learning process with your child it not only shows ways in which learning can happen, but that it’s a life skill.
Take going to the pediatric dentist, for example. As a parent you’ll have been to the dentist before, but instead of imparting your wisdom and being an expert in the field, be an explorer with your child and have them teach you along the way. Books such as these top dental books, are a great way for them to prepare for their visit and research what it will entail so they’ll know what to expect. And if they’re losing interest in books, a graphic novel just might reignite their passion for learning.
5. Keep them learning.
As kids hit the tweens and teens stage, electronic devices can become the learning vessel of choice. To overcome distraction and zoning out via electronics, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents establish screen-free times and no-screen areas in the home.
Unless your child is using a tablet to read a book or a computer to research an article, that time could be spent reading a book. Encourage kids to read and nurture a love of books through reading to them and with them from an early age. Set a good example by picking up a book you love and devouring it. Make reading an integral part of your child’s bedtime routine and be sure your child spends as much time – if not more – with a book as they do with a screen.
See a kid-friendly dentist for your care this year.
Dr. Jaynes and the pediatric dental team in Plano, TX understand that though it’s best to start encouraging kids to be lifelong learners when they’re little, it’s never too late.
We look forward to hearing all about your child’s wonderful adventures and all they’ve learned at their next appointment. Request an appointment using our online form.