How to Teach a Child to Love Learning
Children are naturally curious, active and energetic. They ask a lot of questions and they touch a lot of things. They always run and play around and say the most random of things.
It seems here that all that randomness and energy don’t mean anything, that it’s not learning because the child is just playing around. But the truth is, everything your child does, hears, sees, smells, feels and touches is a part of his/her learning experience as well as physical and cognitive development.
How to teach a child to love learning
Learning, especially for children, is the sum total of experiences and interactions. It’s not just about reading a book or solving a numerical problem. It’s also about interacting with sand, toys and other objects as well as saying random things and asking a lot of questions that don’t make any sense.
It’s safe to say then that if your child is active and always talks and asks a lot of random questions, he or she loves learning and exploring. We can think of it as a part of our DNA where we’ve evolved to learn a variety of things to help us survive and thrive in this world full of threats. This learning will also help us socialise and cooperate with other people. This learning starts from being a newborn (or even while inside the womb) and it never ends. We always acquire experiences whether we’re busy working or when we’re just lying on our beds thinking about something (or just looking at the ceiling and having nothing to think about at all).
It’s the same with our children. Each moment their brains process the incoming information (sensory, conceptual, abstract and more) and consolidate the learning experiences each moment and each day (especially during sleep where our brains actively process and consolidate information).
In other words, learning happens nonstop and perhaps what we can do as parents is to support our children and make sure our children are always in a safe and nurturing environment. If there are a lot of toys to play around and the environment encourages exploration and investigation, the learning process naturally happens even without our constant supervision. We don’t actually need to teach our child to love learning. What we can do is to provide that kind of environment that makes learning natural and safe. This way, your child will always be actively exploring and that his/her brain will rapidly develop and process positive and fruitful experiences.