If you want your child to be inquisitive and a student both in and out of the classroom, you can’t confine learning to just the classroom. You have to foster a learning-conducive environment at home as well. The great thing about this pursuit is that it can all be fueled by an inherent desire within your child—without the use of schedules or a regimented classroom setting. Children have an innate curiosity and desire to learn about the world around them, and the key to inspiring them to become lifelong learners is to find ways to ignite this curiosity.
At Omaha Montessori Educational Centers, we are committed to promoting this learning process. We believe that children do not need incentives to learn. All they need is individualized guidance, resources, and genuine care and support. In today’s article, we would like to share with you a few ways you can encourage learning at home.
If you are a parent in the Omaha area and looking for more than a traditional daycare or elementary school, pay us a visit. We have a network of nine Montessori schools, serving children from 6 weeks old to 12 years old. Contact us today to learn more!
Six Ways to Encourage Learning
Instill Your Child With Confidence
Boosting your child’s confidence can not only help encourage learning, but it can also set them up for success in many other facets of life. There are many things a parent can do to instill their children with a healthy sense of confidence. One thing, for example, is to show enthusiasm for your child’s interests and encourage them to explore their curiosities. When they set out on their exploration, let them be in control and guide them in a way that enhances their motivation and engagement—this is something the teachers at our Montessori Education Centers always strive to do.
Use Technology for Learning
Although TV/ iPads and devices can be educational, you should control how much your child watches/interacts with these tools. Whether they are home alone, at the babysitters, or home with you, be aware of how much technology your child is consuming. Set a limit. Additionally, children are naturally drawn to technology; leverage this love and use it to facilitate learning when possible.
Encourage Critical Thinking
Trying to solve problems is inherently challenging. Teaching children how to not only solve problems but to do so in a fun and supportive way that encourages them to want to do it again, is a key to creating lifelong learners and problem solvers who love this challenge. When your child is able to solve a tough puzzle or problem, celebrate their achievements and offer positive reinforcements.
Focus on Strengths
While shortcomings shouldn’t be ignored, they also should not be exclusively focused on. Focusing on strengths is vital to developing a healthy emotional and academic progress. It’s also crucial to remember that children are very different and have varied learning styles. Do your best to meet children where they are. This is a principal belief of a Montessori education. Montessori schools aim to adjust to individual learning styles and allow students to progress at a rate that is most beneficial for them.
There is a reason why nearly every list like this puts developing an atmosphere of reading at the top—it is a hugely effective way of motivating learning. Some even say that when children develop a love of reading, they also develop a love for learning. Reading not only helps children develop an expansive vocabulary, but it also teaches them how to process and communicate concepts and ideas, as well as ignite the imagination. Ideally, you want to set aside a time each day to read to your child. Adhering to this practice can help foster a lifelong love of learning.
Make Learning a Daily Activity
As we mentioned, children are fueled by an innate curiosity. So while it may first sound unrealistic to say that you should make learning a daily exercise, it is actually easier than it sounds. It can be as simple as routinely encouraging children to ask questions about the world around them, to make connections, to help them classify, and to think critically. Over time, this sort of influence will become a habit and it will arm children with an internal motivation to learn, a love for inquiry, which will stay with them in the classroom, at home, and wherever they roam.
As you have probably gathered, these learning suggestions are deeply influential to the Montessori method. These are the type of learning principles that have helped Montessori schools earn a reputation for effectively and enthusiastically instilling children with independence, leadership, responsibility, self-discipline, a love for learning, and more!
We strive to go beyond the standard daycare, elementary school, and childcare center. If you would like to tour our Montessori Education Centers, contact us today to schedule your visit. We’d love to show you around!