Research suggests that for children to learn the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude for school, they must first be able to “learn how to learn”. Many mothers knew this, but the research is in and proves what we all thought. Just like find a pillow for pregnancy, some learning skills can be developed naturally to children, but others need a supportive environment to flourish. Here are some parenting tips on how you are able to build and develop your child’s learning skills.
Give them options
One of the most important things children need to be able to build and develop their learning skills is freedom. Give them choices and let them choose. It doesn’t have to be on major tasks. Since they are still learning, you can’t expect them to make right decisions over major circumstances. Simple tasks like choosing what to eat or what to wear for school can develop early learning skills.
Teach them to finish what they have started
This is a part of teaching discipline to children. Make them understand the importance of finishing what was started and let them feel the satisfaction of their success.
Let children explore a new variety of experiences each day. Expose them to games, arts, music, and just about everything else to help them discover their talent.
Give enough time
Learning takes time. Especially for children, it takes a lot of time for them to reach full “engagement” on activities.
Give out encouraging words and genuine, uplifting comments to encourage children to go forward!
There are many different sections of a child’s learning skills. Here are some points to track their development.
Initiative, Engagement, and Persistence
- Communicates with simple to non-verbal language
- Engages in self-care activities
Curiosity and Eagerness to Learn
- Participates in sensory experiences
- Finds pleasure when causing things to happen
Reasoning and Problem-solving
- Uses gestures and simple language to get help
- Tries physical strategies to perform simple tasks
Invention and Imagination
- Uses objects in new, unexpected ways.
- Uses substitution of objects