Did you know your child’s education is directly linked to their success in life? But what does “education” mean, exactly? Usually, people think of classrooms and school subjects, but learning is absolutely not limited to the classroom. In fact, much of a child’s education happens outside the classroom; playing in the backyard, eating dinner with family, reading before bed, playing sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Guiding your kids to have a passion for learning has a huge part to do with family. Here, we’re going to talk about tips and tricks that will allow you to grow your child’s desire to learn at any age.
1. Set An Example
Be an example for your kid as an enthusiastic learner. Share your interests with your child, and spread an excitement for learning. Encourage your kids to share their areas of interests, too, whether it’s history, science, sports, art or nature.
This tip applies to any age. Currently, my daughter and I are taking Spanish classes together at the local community college. The best part? She asked me to join her! You can bet I jumped on the chance to say yes and spend time with my kid, while also learning a new valuable skill.
And when you show your own love of learning, it instills a very important message; you never stop being a lifelong learner.
2. Use Learning as a Chance to Bond
Learning about a new topic doesn’t have to be boring or lonely – instead, it can be a great way to bring your family together. If your child shows interest in a certain subject, use it as a chance to learn more as a family.
For example, if your kid expresses an interest in learning another language, you can listen to foreign-language audiobooks together in the car, watch movies with subtitles (or not, and try to guess the plot line!), practice naming things around the house, or make meals with cuisine inspired by another country. When you make learning a part of your family time, it enhances the experience and makes the process fun.
3. Follow Your Kid’s Lead
Let your child pick a topic, so it’s something they really want to learn about. This is really important! Allowing your child to be in the driver’s seat gives them control over their own learning experience. This leads to accountability, interest, and ownership. And you’re showing your kids that their wants and opinions matter — which they obviously do!
Remember, if they don’t have say in their education, learning becomes a chore rather than something fascinating or interesting.
4. Be Open to Different Ways of Learning
Every child is different, and learning happens in lots of great styles and forms. In order to help your child discover their natural learning style, try introducing them to several in your home learning:
- Logical (mathematical)
5. Instill a Love of Reading
Often, children who excel at reading also experience success in learning. Reading in your home has tons of great benefits for your child, including stronger interpersonal communication skills both inside and outside your home. If you are looking to pass on a love of reading to your kids, here are some helpful hints:
- Read to your child on a regular basis.
- Allow your child to choose topics that they enjoy.
- Choose books that pique their interests, and can be exciting or interesting to talk about.
- Plan a family reading night.
- Take a trip to the library or the book store.
- Lead by example: The best way to spread the love of reading is to show your child that you also enjoy reading.
Education is enhanced in the classroom, but also has a great place in the home. As a parent, involving yourself in the learning process is invaluable to your child and your family memories. So discover something new as a family, and enjoy bringing everyone closer together in the process!