All good parents want their children to succeed when it comes to their education. But wanting this and knowing how to make it happen are two very different things. Of course, there is plenty that is beyond your control when it comes to your child’s education, but there is also a lot of ways in which you can help. If you have started to think that you might want to help your child by continuing their education at home, even if just a little, then you will need to know exactly how it is that children learn. This article is going to help you understand exactly that. We are going to look at some of the major aspects of how children learn, so that you can be as helpful to them as possible.
Although not the most important part of anyone’s education, reward does still play a hugely important role for most people, especially children. Young children in particular often only know that they are doing well, getting the right answer and so on, if they are being rewarded well enough. If you are keen to improve your child’s education, it’s worth remembering that you need to reward them every now and then when they are proving that they are learning the information well. Your rewards should be neither too stingy nor too sparse, and they should be consistent and handed out in a way which makes sense. To that end, you might want to consider drawing up an actual reward system, something which you and your child can easily refer to. This keep[s it fair, and might even help to encourage them a little.
As with adults, children find it difficult to learn something they have been presented with only once. However, as we get older, certain adults can develop the ability to remember one-off pieces of information, but most children will not be able to do this. Therefore, if you want your child’s education to improve, you should ensure that there is a focus on the aspect of repetition. This doesn’t mean that you want your child to simply repeat after you in the Victorian style. Actually, this doesn’t work that well. Instead, you should get them actively involved in the learning, but still in a way which means that they revisit the information over and over again. If you do that, then you will find that they are much more adept at remembering the necessary information, especially compared to just seeing that information once or twice.
If you approach your child’s education in a sporadic or occasional manner, then it is much less likely that you will have the kind of ongoing effect you are looking for. However, if you are able to find a way to fit the education into some kind of ongoing routine, then this could make a world of difference. Routine is very often the difference between a good education and one which is full of gaps and holes. It is through routine that true learning comes about, in part because of the simple psychological fact that we all remember information much more easily if we learn it within the confines of a particular setting at a particular time. The routine of it is often what enables the child to be able to soak up the necessary information. It might also be true that routine is one of the essential tips for raising healthy, happy children – so you could be doing them many favors here. Whereas, if you are constantly changing the setting of the lessons, or the time of day of the lessons, it is likely that the result will not be quite what you are hoping for – and this will also affect their development in other ways.
If the information is only ever going one way, then there is no real dialogue happening, and this means that your child is much less likely to successfully remember the information being taught. However, if you can engage them in conversation, and have them relay the information back to you, you will ensure that it is much more likely to stick. It is also true that doing this gives you the opportunity to double-check the progress of your child’s education, as you are effectively testing them to see how well they are doing. Relaying in this way is doubly useful, and should be a major part of the whole education system.
Although there are many ways of sharing the information, and many of the most active are best, there is still plenty to be said for the more traditional form of education that comes through reading. If you are able to encourage in your child a genuine enjoyment of reading, then you will be doing wonders for them in the long run. Being an avid reader guarantees that they will take more on board, get more out of their education, and it will also encourage in them a number of other positive benefits too. Be sure to get your child to be the best reader possible -you will really be glad that you did later on in life.
The best kind of education and learning comes when your child has a genuine personal response to something. This shows that they were really paying attention, for a start, but it also encourages them to relate to things in their own unique and personal way. As such, encouraging a genuine individual response is a good idea if you want to see your child’s education flourish as much as possible. Be sure to bring this out of them as best as you can.
Finally, let’s not forget the importance of resting. If you never allow your child a break from their learning, then they will not actually be able to take the information on in any useful kind of way. Resting between sessions is hugely important, and it will also mean that they enjoy it all the more.