Ten tips to help your child develop
How can parents help their children develop a love of learning? After all, there are very few traits in life that determine a person's success as much as how they feel about learning.
What's a parent to do? www.loveoflearning.us tells us:
A child's learning style is as unique as their fingerprint. Understanding how they learn and what "reaches" them gives us the tools to help them reach their full potential! You need not have all of the answers to inspire the true love of learning. You only need to be committed to joining them in the journey!
1. Do not generalize all forms of “Distraction.” Remember that distraction can be broken down into three categories: INTERNAL….. CHOSEN….. IMPOSED
Understanding this gives us the tools to explore the real issues and conclusions that will make a significant difference (to learn more, see loveoflearning.us )
2. Remember that all learning has an “emotional backdrop.” Whenever you are teaching a child or helping them in any way, you are attaching an emotion to the situation. Whichever emotion is attached to the learning experience will affect their connection to the information and their ability and willingness to learn about it in the future.
3. Answer all of the questions that children ask. Never imply that their questions are “silly” or not worth answering. The more a child is inspired to ask questions the more a child will learn.
4. Establish a life of “Habitual Learning at home…” Creating a life of learning will help a child establish a point of reference on almost anything. This will drastically increase their ability to integrate new information.
5. Treat children with respect at all times. Treat children with the same amount of respect that you would treat any adult. You can discipline respectfully, reframe respectfully and you can create a more powerful child by treating them in a way that teaches them how to respect as well.
6. Children need to be taught how to concentrate, not simply told TO concentrate. Concentration means nothing to a child, if they have never experienced it! Teach concentration by explaining that there are three parts of the brain; The front part, where all of the easy answers are… the middle part, where you have to think about it for a while. (I call it the HMMMM part since you have to say, “Hmmm” to get the information out) and then there is the DEEP DOWN where all of the rest of the information is stored.. To get information out of that part of the brain, you have to relax, and take the time to walk back in your mind to find the answers!
7.. Never tell a child that “they wouldn’t understand.” A child has the capacity to understand anything you can explain well enough. Break information down into simple digestible parts.. Never DUMB it down and simplify information until it no longer retains its value.
8. Remember that when a child asks a question, they are giving you the first opportunity to answer it. When it comes to difficult topics and uncomfortable situations, remember that a child’s quest for an answer will not wait for you to be “ready.” If you choose not to answer or tell a child that you “will explain when they are older” then you are giving them the message that they should simply go ask someone else.
9. Don’t be so quick to correct a child that you give them the message that being right is more important than their own thought process! Listen to a child, mistakes and all, learn from them how they came to their conclusion and you will learn a great deal about how they learn, you might even find out that the information that you thought was in error was actually correct!
10. Remember that you do not have to have all of the answers to help a child or to inspire the love of learning! You only need to be committed to joining them in the journey!
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