Learning is a vital element of a child’s early years but it’s not just academic aspects that young people need to be taught. Reading, exploring nature and learning about the world they live in will help encourage creativity, build confidence and enable children to use a variety of techniques to problem-solve.
For children to want to learn, it should be engaging, fun and easy for them. It’s important that parents and carers help create a love for learning and tailor activities to a child’s needs.
This article will take a look at how to achieve this and make sure your child is inspired to learn every day.
Understand what type of learner your child is
Not every child is the same, therefore they will learn differently. Some learn through visual processes, others through auditory and some prefer to learn using touch. Those who learn best through kinesthetic means will need movement and a hands-on approach.
Once you know what type of learner your child is, it’s easier to establish a way of teaching. Some children might learn through a combination of each so it’s worth bearing that in mind when thinking about activities.
Inspire learning by immersing your child in an activity
Children often enjoy hands-on teaching and you might find that using interactive methods will keep them engaged and inspired, whatever their learning style.
Visit a national park or the woods to learn about nature and prepare activities such as finding different birds, insects and trees. Or, teach them about programming and electronics by creating projects at home using kits such as the BBC micro: bit. This will help build their coding skills as well as help unleash their creativity.
Make learning fun and your child will respond positively, enjoying the experience of being able to interact and develop.
Reading is a crucial skill for children to develop as it helps develop the imagination, encourages focus and prepares young people for adult life. However, 25 million children in the US can’t read to the level they should be able to.
To make reading fun and interesting, let your child choose what they’d like to read themselves. Read aloud together, take turns and get into character. You could even make a day of going to the local library to pick books on various subjects.
Reward your child
It is important for children to hear that they are doing well, and praise can go a long way in building a sense of self-esteem and confidence.
However you choose to teach your child, making it fun and engaging will go a long way in keeping them interested and inspired.