Monday, April 2, 2012

Speeding Up Child Learning

Parents wishing to make their children learn usually find themselves in quandary for they likely to confront some healthy, uncooperative situations that will impede the transfer of learning.

These situations may take various forms like a poor learning environment, books, audio-visual aids, or even the pre-occupation of parents to seriously follow up their children to buy even costly learning aids, be it simple or complex, provided facility for learning is achieved.

Employing the rote method, that is, letting children mechanically, tediously repeat the things to be learned and memorized until a process of imprinting one's mind works favorably. Thus, learning takes place.

Experience tells us that coercing the child to learn when he is not ready or unwilling to do it, does not manifest an assurance the child may learn. In this situation, motivation is necessary like an "appetizer" that will develop and create a desire upon learners to pursue craving for more learning. It may include a good smile, a clean sheet of paper, a colored well-sharpened pencil, or anything that leads the child's willingness to study. Thus, parents' tactfulness, resourcefulness, and a loving, sincere concern for their children to learn warrant facility for children's learning.

I remember 22 years ago, when our youngest son is 5 years old, a kinder pupil, an easy tips for parents to maximize child's learning potential were distributed and I got a copy of it. And we had adopted for him.

"Tips for Mom and Dad! Help your Child Learn:

     Read to your children even after they've learned to read by themselves.
     Give your children books as gifts.
     Build a home library.
     Subscribe to children's magazine.
     Involve children in "earth-saving" projects.
     Keep a dictionary and other reference books handy.
     Reinforce what children learn in school.
     Ask them to teach you what they learned.
     Work together.
     Create a special study corner for the children.
     Praise your children's efforts, even if they lead a failure.
     Reward accomplishments.
     Be sure your children get enough exercise everyday."

We want to implement these good tips to our several grandchildren also. We want to reap a good results.

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