5 Ways to Give Your Child An Advantage in Learning
It’s not secret that the world is continually growing more competitive. College graduation rates continue to climb upward and more adults are seeking additional education to help them in the jobs market. This increased competition is pushing parents to look for additional ways to provide an academic advantage to their children.
An early start at helping your children learn new and interesting ideas and concepts can have a significant impact on their overall achievements and assist in their ability to accomplish goals throughout their life. And while traditional schooling will help, there are a number of quick and easy things you can do to help give your child an advantage in their learning.
1. Allow Children to use Technology
Smart Phones, Tablet Computers, and Notebooks are more readily available than every before. Children quickly learn how to use and configure these devices, even if it is just to play a new video game. If your children are familiar and comfortable with using technology they will quickly pick up how to use these devices to learn, accomplish tasks, and gain skills that translate into a business enviornment.
2. Explore The World
You don’t have to travel across the country or spend a month on a boat to expose your children to the world. There are plenty of interesting and amazing things that surround you every day. Take the time to show your child the ant hill in the back yard, they way that fungus sometimes grows at the base of trees, or even show them through the internet images of great buildings and man made wonders. By exploring interesting and unique things that make up this world your child will learn to think different.
3. Read, Read, and Read
Books are central to learning and are a great source for new and interesting ideas. Allow your children to read on tablet computers, ereading devices, or stories that you’ve approved on the internet. Traditional books are also great forms of entertainment and education for your children. Their vocabulary, ability to understand new ideas, and communication skills will improve if they get into a daily reading routine.
4. Make Crafts
Taking the time to build figures from folding paper, creating holiday crafts, or building a small hut in the back yard will allow your children to learn with their hands. Future engineers will look back at their childhood with fond memories of how they started building things with their parents from home and grew comfortable with the idea of building something from scratch.
5. Volunteer in the Community
Take your children to community activities and volunteer to help with them. Getting them to work hard and for free is a valuable lesson. It will show them the value of money, a hard days work, and help them interact with other people. These life lessons when combined with extra academic learning skills will prepare them and make them well rounded individuals. This will be the building block of humility, hard work, and life long success.
There are a number of other ways that you can provide your child with an opportunity to learn more and get an advantage academically. What do you like to do to help prepare your child for their future lives?
Dan Hinckley works with Leanforward, an elearning solutions company.