Teaching your kids to learn is a challenge that many parents face. In fact, I’ve heard that it’s a common complaint among parents and teachers. Teaching your kids to learn is incredibly important. But there’s a lot of conflicting advice out there. And it can be hard to know how to go about teaching them to learn.
So I have 10 steps to teach your kids to learn. These are the steps that I’ve personally used over the last 7 years to teach my kids to learn. I’ve used these steps to teach my kids to get good grades, succeed in school, and continue learning throughout their lives.
#1 Teach your children at the right time
In the traditional school system, most kids learn by copying what the teacher does. That’s a waste of time. If you learn by copying, then you will always get the same results, regardless of how good of a job you do. You need to teach your kids how to learn. How do you do that? You simply show them how to learn. That’s it. When you take the time to show your kids how to learn, they will learn the material better than the teacher ever could. Yes, the teacher will have the most amount of real-life experience. But that doesn’t mean the kids have to learn the material the same way the teacher does. For example, if the teacher talks about drawing a cow, you can teach your kids to draw a cow, if you want. The teacher is just going to do it as a learning exercise for them.
#2 Teach your children through experiences (and not lectures)
Learning is an art. It’s a skill that’s learned through the process of interacting with the world and learning from it.
“A poor analogy of the experience of learning would be to say that learning is like climbing a tree. The lower branches have plenty of food, but you can’t get too low or too high without falling off.” – Diane Vaughan
If you want to teach your kids to learn, you need to create an environment that supports learning. You want to expose them to experiences that will help them learn. For many parents, “experiences” means teaching their kids. But this isn’t necessarily the best way to teach. So here is a tip that has worked for me. Start early and regularly If you want to teach your kids to learn, you need to start young. And you need to do it regularly.
#3 Develop a love of learning
I’ve long believed that learning is one of the most important things we can do in our lives. Learning, however, isn’t easy. It takes time. It takes effort. And it takes patience. A love of learning helps a lot with all three. One way to develop a love of learning is to build an environment where learning is fun. And another is to give them an incredible gift: a blank slate. Here’s what I mean. Many children don’t start learning how to learn until after they hit puberty. Some boys start around 10. Some girls start around 12. Why? That’s because they don’t have much time to become excited about learning before they start getting ready to become men and women.
#4 Teach your children through play
We teach kids how to learn through play. When we play, we take the time to teach our kids through experience. When we play, we focus on having fun. We let our kids create their own games and solve their own problems. We also let them fail. The key is to always keep the game fun. I’ve found that this simple approach works much better than getting frustrated with them and trying to correct everything they do. My kids are constantly being bombarded with learning and “do or don’t” guidance. By letting them have fun, teach them to make their own decisions, and fail, they learn how to make educated, reasoned decisions. And let’s face it, failure is a learning experience. Of course, some kids are naturally inclined to learning. And this may take more time and effort on your part.
#5 Create a learning environment
Before you teach your kids anything else, create a learning environment that inspires your child to learn. The room in which they will be learning should be fun. Your child should want to be in that room. Create a place where you can interact with your child. Invite a friend or relative to come and spend an hour or two in your home. Let your child be the guest. Make learning fun for your child. The joy of learning shouldn’t come from a textbook or a test. The joy of learning comes from having fun. My child loves science, so I made a box filled with balloons. I was excited to play with the balloons and my kids were excited to play with them too. I did this with any subject that I was teaching. I made learning fun and interesting.
#6 Make learning fun
Learning is work. And kids have a tendency to view homework and school as something they do but are supposed to have fun. Most teachers and parents will agree that kids need to learn how to learn. But the only way that’s going to happen is if they learn that learning is fun. Now, I’m not saying that kids should be learning every single minute of the day. I’m saying that you need to find ways to make learning interesting. Just because your kid needs to learn how to do something doesn’t mean that they can’t still have fun doing it. Part of my job as a parent is to find ways to make learning fun. When my kids were little, I would come home from work, turn on a dance video, and dance with them. It helped them learn the names of the household animals, and they were happy about it.
#7 Create a culture of learning
Establishing a culture of learning is the single most important thing that a parent can do to get their child to learn. Remember, this is your life. This is your child’s life. You are the main driver for most of your child’s choices and behavior. If you don’t establish a positive learning environment, your child won’t be motivated to learn. Your child will simply work against you in order to get what he wants. Here are a few things you can do to get started:
- Read the right books.
- Talk to other parents.
- Find the right websites.
- Create a learning environment.
As parents, it’s important to notice the right things. Don’t just read book titles off of a ” Ways To Kill Your Child’s Love of Reading” list.
#8 Teach your children to learn
Make learning fun As you read this, your brain is going to be changing every second. So it’s important to make learning fun for your kids. You want your kids to love learning, and to learn everything they can. So make it fun. It doesn’t need to be overly exciting. But it should be fun to learn. Even when your kids are just 5 years old. This is one of the things I’ve always tried to focus on, and one of the reasons I am such a big proponent of the unschooling philosophy. When I look at how things have turned out for my kids, I can’t help but smile. They are loving learning. They get excited when they learn something new. They have a passion for learning, and they have fun doing it.
#9 Teach your children to learn at an early age
The earlier you start teaching your kids to learn, the better. Studies have found that from birth until age 5, it’s your child’s innate motivation to learn that controls their motivation to learn. By age 5, most of that motivation is lost and your child becomes distracted. When they get to a certain age, many children start developing an irrational fear of failure. That fear of failure is almost always the reason why most children stop trying to learn. When youu2019re teaching kids to learn, make sure you don’t let them develop a fear of failure. This is an incredibly important step that can set them up for success as adults. Start with the basics We all love the idea of learning. It’s always fun and exciting to learn new things.
#10 Use your children as guinea pigs
Using your children as “guinea pigs” in your teaching can be an effective way to teach them how to learn. Your kids will be able to act as “experts” in your house and give you feedback and insight. This is great because you can learn something important for your kids as well as for yourself. You’ll have a better understanding of what learning does to a person’s mind, and you’ll be able to provide the support and resources necessary for your kids to learn at their own pace and in their own way. You can also use their judgment to see what learning is really like for them. This will allow you to tailor your teaching efforts to their different learning styles, challenges, and styles of learning. To get started, I recommend setting up two different learning stations in your house.