Five Ways to Instill a Love of Learning in Your Child by Craig Middleton

Love of Learning


  • Learning should be a lifelong thing. It should also be something you encourage outside of traditional education. When you send your child away each morning to school, you might think that learning stops when they close the doors for the day or when homework is done. But the truth is, your child should be constantly learning throughout the day. Children always need to be stimulated for proper brain development. That means that from the time your child comes home from school to their bedtime, they should be learning something, whether it’s a simple rule or an important concept. This will not only keep him or her brain working, but it’ll also make them more eager to learn while they sit in a classroom.

1. Help Your Child Discover Interests and Passions

  • Expose your child to different experiences so that she can discover what she enjoys doing. Taking her to places like museums, theatrical performances, zoos, etc. will give her a variety of experiences she can choose from and learn from. You can also take your child to your local library to check out books on a variety of topics. He can pick out books he’s interested in, which can help him discover his passions. This can also help determine what he chooses as a career path down the road.

2. Share Your Passions

  • You can also share your own interests with your kids. Sharing what you enjoy doing will spark curiosity, dedication and creativity in your children. It will also show them skills that are specific to your interests. You can talk to your kids about a new recipe you want to try, interesting articles you came across, or funny experiences you’ve had throughout your life. This process encourages learning. While not in a traditional classroom setting, sharing your passions and experiences with your children can help them develop a desire to learn. As they take in new information from a person they trust and look up to, they’ll be more open to learning experiences at school.

3. Provide Hands-On Experiences

  • Hands-on experiences are great for solidifying a concept and bringing it to life. They also make learning a lot more enjoyable because they involve activities that keep children busy and engaged. For example, if your child is taking a class in earth science, take him outdoors to collect rocks. Or if she’s learning about aquatic animals at school, take her to the aquarium. These experiences will make learning an adventure for your child and make her more willing to take in and retain new information in class.

4. Make Learning Fun

  • To some kids, learning can be a bore, especially if it’s one of their least favorite subjects. Did you know that you can turn the dullest subjects into a learning adventure? Songs, academic games, scavenger hunts and creative activities like art projects, music or writing are all great ways to make learning a fun and enjoyable experience for kids. Many teachers are doing this as well, so if you’re doing it at home, you’re providing your kids with double the fun and double the learning.

5. Promote Reading

  • Being a lifelong learner isn’t about learning specific concepts, lessons and hard skills like negotiation training. It’s more about the soft skills you gain from certain experiences. Reading, for example, helps children develop the ability to ask questions, test hypotheses and learn other points of view. Regardless of the subject, reading helps kids perfect these skills and more.
  • This means that you should keep a ton of books in your home to teach your child to love learning. Keep engaging and immersive stories on hand to keep your kids interested and eager to dive in.
  • Many kids don’t enjoy learning, especially if it involves sitting in a classroom all day. What matters is how you encourage learning at home and away from the classroom. Your child will thank you for it later.

Craig Middleton

  • Craig is a New York City-based retired business consultant, who is an expert in education and cultural trends. He has a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Education from St. Johns and loves sharing his knowledge on the side through his writing. If you have any questions or comments you can direct them to Craig at
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