Joy for learning is infectious! When a parent exhibits a hunger for learning young children easily get infected with that same desire and will emulate it. There are many ways to promote learning in children. First start when they are young; this is essential. Second, expose children to new experiences encourage open minded curiosity. Third, be a learner yourself; the best thing you can do is be an example. Fourth, promote inquiry.
There are no better ways to get children interested in new things than showing a genuine interest in learning yourself. A child’s first example is its parents, therefore what better person to emulate than one’s own parents. This opportunity places parents as role models. Too often parents fail to use these precious opportunities to foster a love of learning into their children. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to encourage learning. During the early years children are sponges and can learn a myriad of things. Nevertheless, one has to be careful what is placed in that sponge. Parents can have a dramatic effect on children and one must remember that they are the precious resources of the future.
Simplicity is the key. For example, take your child to a lake or even a pond and introduce him or her to the joys of nature, like learning about the life cycle of a frog. Then reinforce whatever has been learned with a trip to the library to find a book about the same subject. Keep it simple and reinforce whatever is learned. Do not underestimate the excitement of learning something simple, after all of this is brand new to your child. Grownups often lose their idealism and become pessimistic. As you teach your child you will find the same infectious desire to learn growing within yourself.
Make books easily accessible to children. Read to children at bedtime. Make learning fun not stressed those simple moments are the ones they will remember and cherish as they get older. It does not have to be expensive either. You can even create books that are laminated to help children remember those special experiences. If you find it expensive to provide neat books, visit thrift stores and second hand stores the same books that are found in bookstores are given away for free or next to nothing. There are also people who are willing to gift friends of books that their children no longer use. Be creative get involved with a book club and share books. It helps to keep waste down.
If your child shows an interest in something show him or her how to investigate the matter. School experience is often confining. There are children that learn more in less restrictive environments. You are your child’s best teacher. It’s never too late to learn, show your child that you can learn also. Be as enthusiastic as your child, you never know where the experience will lead. Be a lifetime learner. You are your child’s best example.
Lastly, promote inquiry in children. Too often children are encouraged to be seen and not heard. Do not feel offended by children’s questions, it’s because they don’t understand something that is why they are asking. You never know you might be teaching the next Einstein or Franklin. Remember learning is not restricted to school; your child does not stop learning because he or she is out of the classroom. The easiest way to learn is when it’s fun!