Inspiring a Love of Learning in our Children

learning alongside children“The most important thing you can do for your children is to love life—and to let your children witness and share in that love.” – Melissa LaSalle, Author of “Learning Alongside our Children”

How can we expect our children to be inspired about learning, if we ourselves show no interest in the very topic we’re trying to enforce upon them? It’s easy to simply place a child in front of a television to occupy their time, or give them an abundance of books to browse through, rather than sit down with them and read the text aloud. As parents, we stress over what our children should have already accomplished at a certain age, when we ourselves might not show enough interest in the same subject at home. Take writing for example. Many families expect their children to read/write before 4-5 years (often times sooner), when they might have never taken the opportunity to sit down with their children at home and work on phonetic sounds, or draw letters in a tray of sand with their fingers, or even write a letter together to a loved one. Learning is to be incorporated in both the classroom and the home, corresponding with one another in a similar fashion. If we show interest in what our children are learning (even if we don’t completely understand the subject), imagine the difference it will make in our children’s academic career! We don’t want to push them to learn something, but rather help inspire their internal love of learning by showing interest ourselves.

In order to inspire children’s love of learning, we must show enthusiasm on the subject. Our teachers share similar Montessori training, which guides them to over-dramatize almost everything, while maintaining a realistic approach (a genuine love for learning set apart from unnecessary praise when the child does something desirable). Each lesson, such as “exercises in practical life” like sweeping, or plant polishing, or even reading books, is done so in a beautifully animated manner to show the children that they are truly interested in the subject. Rather than just acting interested, we model how to appreciate the lesson through gently handling the materials, speaking quietly with the appropriate language, and showing excited facial expressions, while not seeming “fake” or patronizing the child in anyway. Our guides strive to dramatize their lessons and interactions in order to draw upon that inspiration from the child.

In order to see positive results in a particular lesson or subject learned, we ourselves must show great enthusiasm and interest for learning in the exact same manner. Include your child in subjects that interest you. Try going to the library, choosing books that are of interest to you, and share with your child a few of your favorite photos or passages. You’d be amazed how interested they are when you’re truly interested yourself! Think of the spontaneous love of learning that would arise from a situation such as this.

The blog link below focuses on the same subject, providing concrete examples of science books that you can use to inspire reading and a love of science in your young child. Click on the link below to review more:
“we want to inspire our children to learn by letting them see how much fun we’re having doing it.”

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