Encouraging Your Child To Love Learning
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The majority of people want their children to love reading and learning. Most want their children to be well educated for a better quality life. After all, who DOESN’T want their child to succeed? But do you know how to encourage the love of reading and learning in your kids?
The key to a child’s success in school are the parents. It is vital for the parents to provide encouragement for the determination and confidence they need in order to expand their efforts to learn. Parents who encourage their children raise them to want to excel and learn inside and outside the classroom.
Give your child encouragement; they will gain confidence and perform better.
In the beginning of life, why are the parents so important? The first six years of a child’s life is the most crucial. Research shows that during the first three years of life the brain develops synopses. This allows the child to make connections and to learn more and more information at rate very astonishing. They should have twice as many synopses by the age of six as an adult, which is the reason adults start to forget things. The point is, children are, for the first five years of life, primarily in the home and that is the main reason why parents are the true KEY to the success of their children. During an initial Kindergarten meeting, it is evident whether a parent has spent much time with their child or not.
Parents need to realize that it doesn’t have to be complicated, but it takes dedication, perseverance and determination to complete the task. Repeat this over and over again, “I am in responsible and In charge of my children’s quality of education that I choose for them. I do not and will not expect others to do this for me and will always be involved and take care of my child by devoting money, time and energy to provide them with the best education possible. This is the most worthwhile goal than anything else I will ever do.”
There is a lot parents can do to support and encourage the six pre-reading skills that children need to learn in order to read; narrative, vocabulary, letter knowledge, print awareness and phonological awareness. Research shows that there is a lot babies can learn and can get ready to read years before entering school. Parents know their learning styles, moods and amount of teaching time that can be spent with their own child, and therefore, they are the best help with their pre-school aged child.
Speak with your child everyday about how things work, what’s going on around them, ideas, feelings, character and morals. Add more detail to whatever it is your child says so he or she hears and notices new concepts. For example, he says, “Big bus,” you say, “yes, that is a big yellow school bus.” Research shows that children are better readers with larger vocabularies. Children recognize and understand what they read if they know many words.
Read aloud labels, signs, menus and lists; speak the printed word out loud and point to them while you speak. Let your child turn the pages, hold the book and make book-reading time a bonding moment between you and your child. Children become comfortable with books when they are familiar with the printed language, which in return makes them want to learn to read and enjoy books.
Ask open-ended questions about things such as the pictures and let your child tell certain parts of the story. Ask things such as, “What happened first, second and third?” as this will allow them to learn sequence. Help them relate the story to their own experiences listen carefully to what they have to say. It can really help a child understand what was read by being able to retell the story. Write your child’s name and play alphabet games to help them associate sounds and letters, as well as point out correct letters while reading. Children realize how to say written words by knowing the sounds and names of letters.
Phonological awareness is vitally important for parents to teach their children so they become aware to smaller sounds first. After that, put two words together such as hot and dog. Read rhyming poems, sing silly songs and play rhyming games. Children have trouble with phonological awareness if they have difficulty reading.
As you spend more time with your children, more learning can take place. Take advantage of the summer months of free learning experiences in your area, although keep this attitude around all year. Check the newspapers for local contests and educational activities, visit the library, park and zoo. Let your child help plan activities. Encourage your child to do things that interest them. As long as you notice their strengths, it doesn’t matter what they are.