Children are often known to either be completely fascinated with something, or not interested at all. Nuance is very rarely something practiced by children, developing their interests and learning how to be a human is often something that can take up all of their time. However, the attitudes you give your children will help them develop, and will often ensure the core of who they are.
While you may have a job and other responsibilities to think about, helping your child gain a healthy attitude, and even become very interested in the learning process can help them throughout their education. They needn’t become the perfect academic specimen in order to prove you have succeeded in this, but having them develop a little more thoroughly or perhaps even express their educational interests more confidently are results that are so worth achieving.
Remember, while this sounds like a small accomplishment, starting your child out with this interest, appreciation and wonder regarding the world around them will often help them prepare for the right learning mindset at school. Here’s what that may look like:
Show Them The Fun Of Learning
It’s not easy to be put off from the idea of learning when thinking of the Victorian English children who would attend schools in the early 20th century. They would be sat at a desk, forced to learn repetition and would be sat in the corner with a dunce hat should they speak up or not follow the instructions.
This is a militant form of learning, and it simply doesn’t help, especially when we consider modern research that shows there are many different kinds of learners that require different stimulus for the best results. However, showing them the fun of learning is the beginning. Through alphabet toys, through heading to local museum exhibits, through allow them to watch educational television programs or video games, they have a range of options to begin falling in love with the process of learning.
Stoke Their Natural Wonder
It’s important for you to stoke your child’s natural sense of wonder if you hope for them to routinely feel interested and actualized within this process. This may mean teaching them about Ancient Rome, or simply helping them follow the topics they are most interested in. For example, if they have shown a love for art, studying a painter together as a home project can help you bond and also help them in their learning journey. You’re sure to find an excellent result this way.
Do Not Denigrate
It might be that they find their homework difficult to move through, or hard to attain answers to. As such, helping them and never denigrating their lack of progress is important, instead slowly moving through with leading questions, encouraging them and breaking things down can help learning become more digestible. You may also discuss methods with their teacher for the most cohesive approach.
With this advice, you’re certain to help a child become interested in learning.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.