All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. ~Martin H. Fischer
A child's mind is inquisitive. Everything is new and his mind wants to know. Cultivate this quality and the individual will always wish to know more. Not all parents realize the importance of answering a child's questions and giving him knowledge in an easy to understand way from the child's perspective. Smart parents will make an effort not only to explain the topmost question but also lead the child to ask more in order to know more.
Complicating the process of knowledge transfer and acquisition is that each of us is unique.
Some children will focus and learn while some may like to listen to music, do something with their hands or divert their attention elsewhere. Irritants but something parents and teachers have to cope with and come up with ways to keep their attention engaged long enough to get a point across.
Some learn by hearing, some through visual methods and some by actual practical, hands-on learning. If you know what works best for your child, you are already halfway to success. A mistake most parents do is to try and impress on a child the way they learn things and are frustrated with the outcome. Simply by knowing how your child likes to intake information makes the learning process smooth.
Paradoxical though it may seem, it is true and the solution lies in the way knowledge is transferred. Methods of teaching vary and the way a student learns also varies. One size does not fit all and one cannot impose learning on the child. It is for the parents to assess and understand the way their child learns and encourage him to use that process. Educators have defined three basic styles of learning. These are auditory, visual and kinesthetic.
Kinesthetic learners like to touch, experiment and practice in order to gain information. Teaching them to write down and then practice helps them learn more, remain absorbed and progress.
Visually oriented children like to watch, read, look at images and demonstrations in order to grasp and assimilate information. Hearing to long winded lectures is boring for them. Learning never stops and it is for parents to show children that what they have learned and are learning is not enough. Children like to know why they must learn and where it will lead to. It is for parents and teachers to not only give them knowledge but also the purpose behind such knowledge as a path to growth. If a child simply focuses on school studies and passing exams he or she may not feel motivated to explore or know more and that can stunt growth. Inspiring children to read, to explore new avenues of knowledge and information leads to faster growth, a process that never ends as the mind can constantly acquire and assimilate information right to the end.
Parents are the first teachers and how they start off the learning process has a decisive influence on the child's future and his mental growth. Give a child a short term target like completing studies successfully and he is not likely to look beyond. Infuse him with a love of learning as a path to growth and wisdom and he is empowered for life.
Learning without thought is labor lost. ~Confucius
Learning simply for the sake of learning does not keep a child enthused and motivated for life. Parents and then teachers have the responsibility of not only getting a child to learn but also to think about what he is learning from different perspectives.
Developing the power of thought early on in your child gives him a boost that will help immensely when it comes to advanced learning.
Learning methods of girls can be different from the way boys learn. Wise teachers and educators know this and adopt different strategies when it comes to transferring knowledge and inspiring boys and girls to learn. Boys and girls hear differently. Girls interpret loud tones as yelling whereas that gets boys to focus more. If there is a degree of stress in a boy he tends to stay focused whereas stress has the effect of making girls withdraw and increases their anxiety levels. Boys are more outgoing and risk taking while girls avoid risks. Girls need to have their confidence levels developed in order to make them more explorative.
Proper learning methods start at home and parents are the best initiators of what will remain with their child for life. In a way parents have to unlearn and then relearn a lot of things to achieve success in putting their children on the right track. In today's competitive world where getting admitted to a nursery school is competitive, parents have their work cut out for them but the process of ingraining a child with proper learning methods can be truly rewarding. Give a child a gift of learning and you have given him something priceless.
It's not what is poured into a student that counts, but what is planted.
- Linda Conway
"Teachers should guide without dictating, and participate without dominating."
- C.B. Neblette