3 Reasons for Promoting a Willingness to Learn in Children.

Learning is a natural part of being human. From the moment children are born, they are constantly learning a significant number of things. When something interests them, they want to know more, do it, dedicate themselves to exploring it, and get to know it.

But there is no possibility of learning something without the willingness to learn it. Curiosity is essential in the process of acquiring new knowledge, so how can we promote the desire to learn and interest in our children?

At Spimbey, we want all children to thrive and be their best. Here are 5 reasons you should be poking the curiosity worm at home.

The school is not enough.

Yeah, it sounds almost contradictory, but, in reality, school programs around the globe are fighting against the lack of motivation from kids. No wonder, when nearly all educational systems reward grades instead of actual knowledge acquisition, the result cannot be other than that.

Memorizing something is not necessarily “learning.” Sure, some practical knowledge comes from remembering things, but deep knowledge is more complicated than that.

Yet, when we immerse our children in a nurturing environment at home, they are likely to want to learn things naturally and without forcing it.

This quote from famous scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson throws some light upon us.

“Kids are never the problem. They are born scientists. The problem is always the adults. They beat the curiosity out of kids. They outnumber kids. They vote. They wield resources. That’s why my public focus is primarily adults.”

So, the next time your kid asks you about the universe’s origins, try to satisfy its curiosity in any way you can.

Career success may depend on it.

It is obvious, but without that willingness to learn, our children’s possibility of having successful careers is slim.

But not because they are not meant to do great things, but because there is no progress without formation. A person who is not willing to pass beyond the things they already know is a person that can only go so far in certain aspects of life.

In a job interview, showing a disposition to learn new things will always say something positive about you.

Yet, their chances of succeeding at whatever they propose increase when our children grow to become knowledge-hungry persons.

Personal relationships depend on it.

It may sound crazy, but when adults are not open to other experiences and learning the insights of human interaction, it is likely to be very complicated to develop nurturing interpersonal relationships.

Even though the generational gap has made children more aware of differences and how they do not matter, we still need to expose them to other cultures and forms of being so they learn how to be friendly with people from different backgrounds or origins.

How to promote it?

Motivation is critical, yet, the problem is that motivation does not last forever. Sometime along the road, it runs out, and that is when we start wanting to learn things.

We need to develop habits and discipline to reach better outcomes. In our previous blog entry, you can read further about goal-setting activities and tips. For now, let us say this:

  • Plan short to long-term goals.

  • Use gamification as a tool.

  • Use vision boards and tracking plans.

  • Breaks for playing will increase the chances of better retention.

  • Use positive reinforcement every time they find the meaning to learn something new.

  • Establish a structured routine and follow it as much as possible (nothing will ever be set in stone)

And you? Which techniques or methods do you use to promote willingness to learn skills in your children?

Please share with us your experience, and let us keep the spimbers community active and wholesome.

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