7 Ways To Influence Your Child’s Learning Development

7 Ways To Influence Your Child’s Learning Development

Guest post submitted by Lauren Hill

It is often said that learning begins at home.  By surrounding your child in an environment aimed at developing new skills, you can foster their abilities and help them to create new ones.  Here are some ways in which you can create a learning atmosphere at home.

I love my Daddy1. Read

Taking time to read with your children each day is imperative.  Not only does sharing a story with your kids teach them the fundamentals of reading, it can build their vocabulary, improve their communication skills, and stimulate the imagination.  Studies have shown that children who are read to, and read with their parents, have a greater love for books and reading themselves. 

Some people believe that reading to a baby, while in the womb, can also be beneficial. The baby may not understand but the parent's tone of voice and reading style could set a foundation for later on. When your little one arrives, make sure to continue storytelling.  The American Academy of Pediatrics teaches of the many benefits of reading to your baby from birth.  Although they don’t understand your exact words, babies begin to learn your sounds and develop an interest in listening.  As your little one grows they can learn their colors, letters, numbers, and shapes from books.

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2. Fuel Up

Eating the right foods fuels the brain and helps it to grow.  According to recent findings, kids who eat a wholesome breakfast function better in school than those who don’t.  It all comes down to physiology.  The brain requires glucose to function properly.  Make sure to feed your child a protein-rich breakfast with complex carbohydrates for maximum learning power.

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3. Play Music

When a child learns to play music, areas of their brain are stimulated that may enhance their math, reading, spatial reasoning, and problem solving skills.  Listening to music can help them as well.  Expose your child to many genres of music, and have them express their thoughts on what they are feeling.  Make up a story to a classical piece, or dance to the newest kid's song.

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4. Get Crafty

Be sure to incorporate art into your play time.  Whether it’s finger painting, crafting, or making holiday cards, getting kids involved in the creative process is essential.  A homemade art box can do wonders when it comes to sparking that inner artist.  Fill a plastic bin with art materials from around your house such as markers, crayons, scissors, glue, paper, cotton, and ribbon.  Then just let your children create a masterpiece.

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5. Learn A Language

Teaching your child a second language can open doors for their future.  Not only do children who are exposed to a second language have better cognitive skills, they are also better problem-solvers.  Learning a different language helps people to think in different ways.  There are many language programs that are developed to maintain the attention of little ones, while teaching them the basic phonics of various languages.  Since young children are able to learn languages much easier than adults, now is the time to instill these language basics into their everyday vocabulary.

6. Expand Your Culture

There is no need to transplant your child into another culture in order to teach them all about it.  Choose a country your child is interested in and help them to learn everything they can about that country and the customs that make up the culture.  While they live in a diverse country filled with many different people and cultures, helping them to appreciate their fellow Americans is really beneficial to everyone.

7. Cater To Your Child’s Learning Style

Every child has a different learning style that determines how they will learn, process, and store information.  Knowing your child’s learning style will help you understand their way of learning, and maximize your child’s learning experiences.  There are three main types of learning styles which include physical learners, auditory learners, and visual learners.  While some children learn best from watching math problems worked out on a chalk board, others need to have it demonstrated with blocks or other tactile teaching methods.  Still others merely need to listen to the examples given.  Take the time to find out which type of style your child needs, and then cater to that learning style. 

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Taking the time to develop your child’s skills will benefit both of you. Help to create your child’s learning style, and create a great relationship as well.

ABOUT the Author:

Lauren Hill is a freelance writer and mom of 2 amazing kids.  She is a contributing author for School Tutoring Academy, a tutoring company offering custom programs for young learners in reading, math, writing and science as well as ACT/SAT test prep for older students.

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