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8 Tips to Ignite Your Child's Love of Learning

by Rebecca Eanes on May 7th, 2015

Encourage Learning

5. Expose him to a variety of experiences.

Listen to different genres of music, show her different forms of art, read a variety of books, and play thinking games. Visit museums, see some live shows, and explore parks! When learning is a natural part of living and exploring, your child can't help but love it!

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6. Focus on the process, not the outcome.

Maybe she's really interested in dance, but struggles with getting the steps down. Let her know that trying her best and having fun matters more than dancing perfectly. Be a supportive encourager, but don't push too hard. It can be difficult not to get caught up in our own dreams and goals for them, which sometimes leads us to push when we should let go. Be mindful of which goals are theirs and which are yours.

7. Let them teach.

Teaching is an integral part of the learning process. If one is able to teach, it shows he truly understands the concept of what he is teaching. Look for opportunities to allow your child to teach someone younger. Siblings are great for this! I sometimes will let my older son teach my youngest math or phonics. It reinforces what the older one knows and allows the student to become the teacher, giving him a different viewpoint.

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8. Embrace your child's inquisitive nature.

Children ask a lot of questions, and these are great opportunities to dig into and learn something fun. Follow their interests and expound upon the answers to their questions. One simple question can ignite a new passion if you take the time to explore the answer together.

Remember, children naturally love to learn. Build on that and enjoy growing and learning along with your child!

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Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of positive-parents.org and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.

 

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