How To Help Your Child Improve Upon Their Learning

Children are like sponges, they absorb everything and anything that they receive in life and it’s important that as parents, you’re assisting in that absorption of knowledge. Recognizing right vs wrong and the small life lessons that make big impacts as they get older, are your responsibilities as a parent.

Here are some top tips to help your child improve upon their learning throughout childhood and beyond.

Teach failure as being positive, not negative

Many generations have been taught to see failure as being a negative event and that it’s something to be ashamed of. However, it’s actually an opportunity for growth and a life lesson to help ensure that the same mistake isn’t made again.

As a parent, when a child is learning, it’s worthwhile to teach failure as being a positive experience rather than one that should feel like the end of the world. Failure is expected with everyone in life, at all stages of their life especially when they’re young.

While competitiveness is healthy and achieving success in life is a positive, failure should also be seen as an opportunity for growth and redemption. 

Be gentle when encouraging learning

When providing opportunities for education to your child or children, try to be gentle with your encouragement. You don’t want to be too overbearing or forceful because chances are, that’s going to have quite the opposite effect.

Not only that, but that moment or moments of aggressive encouragement, will likely stick with the child and impact their experiences when they get older. A lot of trauma comes from childhood, even if you didn’t consider it to be particularly traumatic for them at that moment.

Gently encourage learning and always be noticeable in their body language and what they’re communicating to you.

Use online learning courses

There are some great online learning courses to take advantage of, like Generation Genius for example. This platform is one of many that can provide insightful resources and training materials in both Science and Maths.

There are plenty of platforms and online resources to utilize, making it helpful for many households to find accessible, flexible learning opportunities. While it may be helpful to take advantage of any in-person classes and courses available for your children, it’s not always possible for that to be available for every household.

Assist your child without telling them the answers

With your child’s learning experience, they need to be able to come to the answer or conclusion by themselves. They’re not going to have you holding their hand or answering questions about their workplace problems when they’re in their 40s, right? 

Try to assist your children with the questions without giving them the answer. You can lead them to the answer but try to refrain from making it too obvious so that they only do part of the work themselves. They need to be able to do most, if not all of the work themselves as that’s the only way they’ll learn.

Find games to help with learning difficult topics

With topics that the child is struggling to grasp or certain methods that seem to cause confusion for them, find games that make it easier for learning. A lot of children - and adults for that matter - will find that they can learn things faster when it’s made into a game or a physical activity. 

Some people can learn from seeing but others will learn from doing. We can even be a bit selective with both when it comes to the subject matter. Explore the opportunity for games with the resources you’re teaching to the child.

Know when learning isn’t on the cards

There are going to be occasions when learning isn’t something that your child wants to do. It’s just like adulthood when a working day is just not - working. Procrastination and boredom are two very human traits that you often can’t shift for want of trying.

If your child doesn’t seem to want to do this extracurricular learning outside of the classroom, give them a break. Try to revisit it later on in the day/evening or leave it for another day.

Avoid punishments 

Lastly, avoid punishments. A punishment for something they’ve not learned correctly isn’t going to help with their development. It’s only going to set them back, which isn’t what you want when it comes to their learning ability and knowledge. 

Any parent wants what is best for their child, so if you want to give them the best opportunity for progress in life then it’s worth knowing what will help with their learning skills.

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