To really enhance your child’s desire and ability to learn, intellectual, social and academic growth needs to extend outside of the walls of your child’s classroom. A Prep School graded excellent in all areas, on the outskirts of Abingdon, offers the following advice…
Develop a love of reading within the home
Children, who develop a love of reading, develop a love for learning. Children, who struggle with reading, struggle with learning. Help your child develop reading skills and to develop a love for reading by filling their world with reading and books. Read to your child frequently and hear your child read aloud. Create a culture of reading within the family home by creating a designated time for reading daily. Reading will also help your child develop a much richer vocabulary.
Focus on your child’s interests
If you really want to foster and nurture a love of learning in your child, then encourage your child to explore topics and subjects that fascinate them. When learning engages children in areas and subjects of interest, learning becomes fun and children in engage in learning.
Share your enthusiasm for learning
Enthusiasm rubs off, especially when it comes to learning new things. If your child sees that you are also enthusiastic about learning, they are likely to become enthusiastic about learning too. Take opportunities to learn new things together, whether it is day trips to museums and castles or learning a new language on an app! Take the opportunity to share and discover new things together. This can really be very enjoyable and exciting.
Help your child stay organised.
Disorganisation is typical among young school aged children and this can lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed. Help your child organise their things especially their school books and papers as this can go a long way in helping your child feel organised and in control of their learning.
Recognise and celebrate achievements
It is important to recognise and celebrate your child’s achievements, no matter how small they may be. This is especially important for primary aged children who require constant positive reinforcement to help keep them motivated to learn.
I hope this advice helps you support your child develop an innate love of learning. It’s important to remember that every day is a learning opportunity! Whenever possible, encourage your child to explore the world around them, by asking questions and making connections.
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