How to Ensure That Your Kids Love to Learn

Thursday, August 19, 2021
While some kids love, love, love to learn, not all children are the same. Some kids excel at school, but others find education challenging. As a parent, you want to ensure that your children are able to enjoy learning, but knowing how to help them can be tricky. Wondering what it takes to encourage your children to learn to love education? Luckily, there are many ways to make learning more enjoyable for your kids. Below are some steps you can take to help children develop a love of learning.

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Be Positive About Education 

Stay positive about learning and education. Kids follow their parents’ examples, so make sure that when it comes to school, you are setting a good example. Avoid comments like ‘I used to hate school when I was your age,’ or 'I know school isn't fun.'  Instead, aim for encouragement when it comes to learning and focus on the positives of education. Express to your children how fortunate they are to be getting a good education when there are children all over the world who are unfortunately not so lucky. Remind them that their friends are in school, too, and that they have time to run and play in gym and on the playground. Every year poses challenges, but that's what makes them grow into stronger and better people. 

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Find the Right Approach for Your Child

When it comes to learning, every child is different. There’s no one-size-fits-all method of learning, and sometimes it can take time to find the right approach for your child. If traditional school is not working for your child, it might be worth taking the time to think about other options, such as homeschooling them using a charter school curriculum, for instance. 

While some kids learn best in a classroom, others need their freedom to learn in unique and creative ways. Look for after-school clubs outdoors, or nature classes at local parks. Many private schools offer hands-on, outdoor classes, if you can afford it. Art Academies and Drama Schools can also help to develop passions for kids who enjoy this field. Vocational and Technical Schools usually offer a combination of traditional academics and trade skill classes. 

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Set a Good Example

Read with your children as much as you can. Play educational games with them (such as Scrabble, Boggle, Uno, Chess, or Sudoku). Let them see you enjoying learning, too, and show them that it's not all about sitting at a desk.

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Take Educational Trips

Visiting museums, science centers and art galleries at a young age are great ways to develop a passion for learning. Children absorb what they see and experience, so bring them to places where they can learn as they grow. This helps them to make real-life connections to education. Check out this list of day trips and see if one of them is right for your family. 

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Get Creative 

Education doesn’t have to be all about a classroom. Learning is about so much more than that. Don’t be afraid to get creative with how you educate your children. The idea is to find out what makes your child tick and what approach to education works. For some kids it’s cooking, for others it’s exploring the local area - the more creative you can be, the better. If you need inspiration for creative learning ideas, ask in local educational groups. You might also find that Pinterest has some useful ideas for making creative education easier to achieve - there are some fantastic ideas shared on social media sites.

You can also find a lot of creative influences out there who are worth following. For example, people like Travis Preston have helped inspire and continue to motivate those within the performing arts industry; an industry that is highly creative and rewarding for those involved in it.

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Above all, don't give up! Developing a love of learning takes time, but once children see everything that the world has to offer them, hopefully, they'll understand the benefit to education. 

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