Children have a natural curiosity and motivation to learn new things. Small children absorb knowledge like sponges, often understanding subjects that adults feel should be beyond their grasp. Taking advantage of this innate interest to instill a love for learning will have a lasting impact that will develop into a growth mindset and resilience as your child unfolds. It will also enable children to academically and emotionally cope with the rigorous learning they will experience in elementary schools.
Different Ways Children Learn
Children learn in many ways that correspond with their age. Babies learn through doing things and experiencing the world around them tactilely. They learn to talk by making sounds and learn to walk by falling down. They are also keen observers of cause-and-effect events and learn from them as well. For instance, basically from birth, children learn that if they cry (cause), someone will come to comfort them and take care of their needs (effect).
Once children attend elementary schools, they can understand abstract concepts like space and have a rudimentary understanding of self. They know what interests them and what bores them. They begin their journey of learning how read by themselves and this leads them to learning new things. Studies show that children who love to read perform better at school in languages and math.
Activities to Help Children Develop a Love for Learning
The best way you can help children develop a love for learning is to assist them in discovering what holds their interest. Try to talk to your child about what they are doing, watching, or reading. You can also help them experience different things like taking a bus to town or visiting a library.
Try to provide hands-on experiences for your child as much as possible. For instance, if your child is learning about animals at school, take them to a zoo or a nature museum to show them live examples of what they see in school books.
When your child is asking questions, try listening to them and perhaps turn it into a conversation by asking some open-ended questions. Discussing a topic that they are passionate about with an adult will make them feel more positive about learning.
Developing a passion for learning sets your children up for a successful adulthood. So, start when they are young. Elementary schools prepare children only so far; much learning also happens at home, and it is your job as a parent to nurture their love for learning.