Humans are born with an innate ability to learn. Even babies try their best to take in as much knowledge as they can in order to reach their developmental milestones. But as the children grow up, they need to deal with distractions that is hindering their developing minds from exploring new things.
I, myself, was unknowingly guilty hindering my kids’ passion for learning since I was so focused on maintaining their academic standing. Although grades are substantial in determining whether your child is hitting their academic goals, it is also important to put equal emphasis on a child’s natural curiosity and wonder.
Learning things beyond school can help boost their chance of being successful individuals later in life. In order to foster their love for learning, here are some valuable tips that top researchers share to us parents:
- Listen to what your children say
Most of the time, parents think that their children are just blabbering nonsense. But according to researchers, it is their way of expressing their feelings and their observations. Although these thoughts may seem incoherent sometimes, you might hear some excellent ideas and observations from your child. Keeping them from talking would make them feel that their ideas are not valid. So whenever they come to you, listen to what they have to say and encourage them to speak their minds more.
- Let them fail
Sometimes, we tend to notice our kid’s failures more than their efforts. But we need to keep in mind that they are still in the process of learning things and might not be able to get the instructions the first time. When your child comes to you feeling guilty about committing a mistake, don’t criticize them. Instead, praise them for their efforts and encourage them to try again until they are able to get it right.
- Take them outdoors
The classroom is just another venue for kids to learn in a structured setting. But there are also a lot of things to discover outside the four walls of a classroom. Do not limit your child’s education. Let them explore and discover new knowledge on their own outside. This would foster independence and allow them to discover things that are not being taught inside the classroom. Take them to a retreat or camping once in a while. Going for a vacation would also open their minds to different traditions and culture.
- Encourage reading
Reading is not just about expanding one’s vocabulary or improving one’s comprehension. It can also help children learn more about the world around them and gain more appreciation about things that are out of their reach or sight. You can start by reading bedtime stories to your children before they go to sleep and by setting up a mini library to encourage them to read whenever they want.
- Be a role model
The best way to make sure that your child’s passion for learning will not wane is to show them that you, yourself, is also an advocate. Once they realize that you are with them on this journey, they will be more enthusiastic to learn as well. It is easy for parents to get forget the learning instinct due to their demanding schedules, but it making an effort to learn something new would be beneficial for you and your child.