Children receive a wonderful education in school, but there are many things you can do as a parent that will set them up for success and also help boost their curiosity and self-esteem. Lucas is just over 4 years old, but we are doing our best to encourage him to be curious and want to learn.
Here are 7 ways that you can help your child’s education:
Read to your child
Reading is a way for you and your child to bond, but also for them to learn whilst it doesn’t really feel like learning. Children’s books encourage them to expand their vocabulary and think critically, and you can make it an exciting habit to curl up together with a book. The U.S. Department of Education even says that reading is the most important thing you can do to boost your child’s academic performance.
Introduce your child to a foreign language
When you introduce your child to a foreign language, you give them the opportunity to expand their mind and encourage them to use their brain in a completely different way.
Play strategy games and/or other educational games
Games are not only fun, but also they can also be an educational opportunity! You can play strategy games, such as chess, and educational games, such as specific game-based learning games.
Figure out what your child’s passion is and let them follow it
Education is driven by curiosity, and one of the best ways to encourage this is to support your child in figuring out what their passion is. For example, if your child loves art, let them follow that passion and see where it takes them. Taking an art class, for example, or doing crafts at home can help your child to build confidence and curiosity.
Promote a positive attitude towards learning
As a parent, it is vital to foster a positive attitude towards learning for your child. By following a couple of these ways perhaps and striving to put a smile on your child’s face throughout, it makes learning a fun and positive experience rather than a stressful or negative one. Whatever your own experience with education may have been as a child, it is important that your child is encouraged and develops a positive attitude towards learning.
Find a learning lesson in everyday events
In everyday activities, there is an opportunity for a learning lesson. It could be as simple as counting the ducks in a pond, playing an outdoor game in a foreign language, to having lively conversations as a family that encourages your child to think critically.
Teach your child that failure is a stepping stone
There is always something new to learn and it is so important to teach your child that failure is just a stepping-stone. After all, you don’t want your child to develop the habit of being down on themselves if they get something wrong. Instead, it is important to encourage them and remind that getting something wrong is just an opportunity to learn! In fact, it is important to get things wrong too so that they learn! Learning (and life) should be a positive experience! After all, there is that that phrase, ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
These few steps can really make a difference in your child’s approach to learning. So keep your children engaged, take proactive measures, and encourage them every step of the way!