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Helping Your Child Develop A Love For Learning

May 7, 2008
Upon examining high school students, experts have seen that the students that do well like going to school and the whole learning process while the students that do not excel hate school and everything it represents. These children all grew up in the same area and came from the same backgrounds. Why did these children have such different attitudes? Experts have discovered that children whose parents encouraged the love of learning when they were young carried that positive attitude with them throughout their scholastic career. As a parent of a young child, you can help your child develop this attitude towards learning by doing a few simple activities with him

You should talk to him about his day and listen to what he has to say. You can discuss certain current events with him and ask his opinion on the issue. By listening to him and asking his opinion you can help build his self esteem. Your child will begin to feel that his ideas mean something to you and will begin to discuss all different topics openly. By looking at current events, you may also see that he has begun to think about issues and to draw conclusions of his own. This skill is one of the keys to successful learning.

You could also take your child to the grocery store with you and ask him to help you compare prices to get the best deal. This may help your child's math skills by association them with something tangible like food. It may also instill a sense of responsibility in him as HE is helping to buy the family's groceries. You will see the look of pride on his face when you announce that he saved the family $10 by comparison shopping.

You can also encourage your child to learn by telling him something interesting in a subject area that he may be interested in. For example, some studios have produced cartoons about real historical figures that are not quite accurate. Yet after seeing these movies, many children went to the library to read about the real person. As it turned out, the true story about the person was far more intriguing than the movie had been and led these children to read more. You can use this same method at home. After discovering a topic or person that your child is interested in and suggest that you both go to the library and check into the subject more deeply. You can probably find a video about the subject that you can watch with him. By sharing the experience, you can show your child that learning can be fun and it gives you the chance to spend some quality time with him.

Once you have researched the subject, take your son on a trip that is related to his interest. If he is interested in history, visit a museum. If the child likes animals, take him to a zoo. If he is interested in sports, take him to a sporting event.

Whatever it is that your child is interested in, support him in his efforts to discover as much as he can about the subject. By enjoying yourselves while the two of you are researching his favorite subject, your child will associate learning with fun. You have just instilled of love of learning in your youngster
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