When it comes to learning, it is up to your kids to put the effort in. We all have varying abilities when it comes to how well we test, and how well we do certain things. But, that doesn’t mean that they should give up on their problem areas; they may just additional support and resources. Schools and teachers can be a great support system, but it’s important that the learning starts from within the home. Here are a few simple ways to foster that love of learning in your kids.
Read With Them
Reading books opens the door to a world of possibilities. Depending on your kids’ ability level, you will need to choose appropriate books that are challenging but not too difficult. For older children who have a lower reading level, hi lo books could be the answer. They are engaging and interesting, while written specifically for people with a lower reading level.
Studies have shown that kids with parents who love to read for pleasure have a much higher chance of developing a love of reading for themselves. Watching you set aside time for reading will show them how much joy and value reading brings. For recommendations on great books, check out the best books I read in 2020.
Push Them To Succeed
Another thing that you should be doing is pushing for them to succeed. When you notice that they have an area they really struggle with, don’t make them feel bad about it. Give them the guidance and resources they need to make progress in those areas. Praise them for their accomplishments and efforts and help them find their own inner motivation to tackle the tasks at hand. Show them you are interested in their day to day activities by asking about their homework, friends, and interests.
If you have a child who has trouble with self-motivation, rules may be necessary to keep him on the right track. Limits on screen time and other fun activities can be used as incentives to put academics first.
Learning is a lifelong process, one that requires nurturing and development. It is a skill that can never be taken away from you and will carry you far in life. Fostering your kids’ creativity and curiosity is an important step in building a lifelong love of learning. It is crucial in understanding the people and the world around us.