Starting early to develop the habit of learning in children is a vital aspect of their development. It not only contributes to their cognitive development but all areas of their learning progress.
When you start at an early age to teach your children, you have built something deep into them that they will find it hard to depart. There are lots of benefits that come with growing alongside your child. You will think they are too young to know, but they understand whatever you tell them; it starts embedding into their memories with time.
I know this because my kids have developed the habit of always wanting to learn something, even when I am not motivating them to learn. They pick their books and educational toys, play while learning. Learning is not only about books; it has to do with a lot of things. Learning new skills, teaching morals of life, culture, and people, etc.
“To take children seriously is to value them for who they are right now rather than adults-in-the making.” ~ Alfie Kohn.
This content is specifically on making learning time a fun time for you and your children. We will be talking about the intellectual aspect of learning.
Here are 14 tricks on how to get your little ones to learn from an early age: –
- Read to them when they are happy.
- Avoid teaching them when they are tired or agitated, except reading a bedtime story to help them settle and sleep.
- Create a daily routine learning time.
- Make learning very fun and playful.
- Use words that are simple and easy to understand when teaching them.
- Turn off all devices like tablets, television, or anything that can distract them from paying attention.
- Find out your child’s interests, play together while learning.
- Build a mini library in the corner of your house, maybe their room or the lounge.
- Reduce the screen time, as this affects their ability to concentrate during learning.
- Have a reward system, always give praise and encouragement if they are still very young, reward with stickers. Older children give credit and acknowledge their efforts.
- Always exercise patience when you are teaching them. Learning is a gradual process that takes lots of practice. Remember that their level of understanding is different from yours.
- Encourage them to do things by themselves, e.g., problem-solving; this helps them build their confidence and independence in tackling problems.
- Avoid using learning as a punishment because the child will grow up to hate education and think it is an escape route to discipline rather than enjoying it.
- Lastly, avoid comparing your child with others; this does hurt them. Always motivate them to keep trying and reassure them, so they know you support them and appreciate their little effort.
Every child is unique and different in their way. As a parent, find things that work for you and your child/children. Children are enthusiastic and eager to learn if we can sacrifice some time to teach them.
Beginning at an early age is the right way to develop the children, encouraging them to build a reading culture, appreciate importance of education and build a good foundation for their future.
“Encouraging a child means that one or more of the following critical life messages are coming through, either by word or by action; I believe in you, I trust you, I know you can handle this, you are listened to, you are cared for, you are very important to me” ~ Barbara Coloroso.