5 ways to help your child’s learning every day

From the very first day you bring your child home they begin to learn things, from learning to roll over, how to smile,  how to say “mama” and “dada”, or how to use a spoon and fork.

For a child, every day is a learning opportunity, and as parents, we can be the facilitator for this learning.

It can seem overwhelming to think about all the things we want to teach our children and all we want them to learn, but in reality, learning comes in baby steps, literally and figuratively, and we just need to create an environment where that can happen.  

Here are five ways to help your child’s learning every day and help their little minds, bodies, and spirits to be accepting of all that is going to be taught.

 

Use every opportunity

 

You may see a child just picking up a toy or object or looking out the window at the sky as just playtime, but really all times are an opportunity to help your child learn.

If you see them pick up something ask them questions like, “What is this?” “What color is it?” “What sound does this make and what does it do?” Even if they don’t know how to answer you can use this as an opportunity to teach and demonstrate.

The surprising thing that you will find is that although they might quickly move on to something else and you may have to try a couple times, one day you will find them sharing exactly what you shared with them, and that’s why it’s important to use every opportunity as a learning opportunity.

 

Get on their level

 

The home isn’t exactly a classroom, but at the same time, it is. What this means is that everything you teach and do does not have to be formal in any kind of way, and you will most likely teach in the most unusual way at the most unexpected times.

Take the time to play with them and follow them, and by talking and playing with them at their level and their understanding, learning will not only occur but it will be fun and something they will remember in years to come.

 

Know when to be hands-off

 

Not all learning requires you having to actually sit and talk with your child one on one, learning most often happens in the most unexpected ways.

Let your child learn through their own experiences and interactions without your interference.

This can mean letting them have solo playing time or when the age is appropriate, taking them or enrolling them in pre-school or daycare for a couple hours.

Most daycare facilities, like Lolo’s Little Darlins Daycare in Rigby, Idaho, are a great first step to formal schooling and letting them have their own types of learning without you having to be the one to do it.

 

Get out of the house

 

Although learning at home is extremely necessary and beneficial it’s also a great idea to take your children outside of the home to learn and grow.

This can mean the local library, park, museum or even just the local grocery store.

New experiences and new places will not only make learning more fun for your child, but it will give you an opportunity to let the children pick out things they want to learn about and do and have you both getting out and doing new things.

 

Be patient with yourself and your child

 

Every person learns at their own pace and in their own time. This applies to your child too. If it seems like there are days when they aren’t really interested in what you have to teach that’s ok, just give them time and space.

You may also feel pressure to always be teaching or having them do some type of learning activity or outing.  Every day comes with its own trials and to do list, so be patient with yourself as well.

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