Monday, 18 March 2019

The Fire (in the mind): Igniting our childrens' desire to learn

While fun with the family is a great way for us all to bond, if we are constantly spending time with our children, enjoying ourselves, we might feel a little bit guilty that when not helping them more to learn. After all, we’re so busy in life the last thing on our mind would be to help our children learn! But it's an important part of their developments, especially if they don't like school. But the trick is all about igniting the desire to learn, rather than forcing it upon them. What are the best ways to do this?

Finding Their Passions
It might very well be the case that your children haven't found their passion yet. We all have individual hobbies and interests, and it's these things that we naturally pay more attention to. And it may be as simple as this! If your children haven't found their passions, then it's hardly surprising they’re not really paying attention to anything! And it's your responsibility to find something for them to pay attention to, and this means providing as many different experiences as possible. It's not just about doing the same things all of the time, instead, give them a diverse set of experiences to draw from. Take them to a kids farm on the weekend, or maybe to a museum, but mix it up with quality time with the family. After all, variety is the spice of life.

Making Them Learn “By Accident”
And if there's something that they have to learn, such as in school, but they can't connect with the subject matter, sometimes a change of environment helps. But what also helps is making them not think about the fact that they have to learn something. This is where memory techniques like mnemonics or turning something into a song has great benefit. There are so many great courses online in which to improve your memory, but they always boil down to the fundamental fact that if you're not engaged with a subject, then that is why they're not taking anything on board.

Encourage Them
And with all of the best will in the world, if we're not encouraging them in the right direction, then we won't see any results. It's a very delicate balance. We have to encourage our children, but we can't force them to do something. In many ways, this starts early on in life. But we have to respect our children's limitations. We can do anything we put our mind to it, but as we get older, we, as parents and people, become limited by our own lack of belief. Encouraging them is a delicate art. But we have to respect their boundaries. If they are struggling with something, we can help them as much as we can, but if we are limited in Pythagoras and complex mathematical terms, we'll have to find some way to help them learn the information.

After all, our children don't always want to learn, but if we can find a way for them to have an interest in a certain subject, this could bleed through into other aspects of their education. As such, it's about variety, but also understanding that learning and going to school isn't a dull and boring thing.

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