What I'm trying to say is: You parents are the most important learning companions of the children, because nobody is so close - and above all: so early - to it. Learning begins with birth - educators and teachers come later and only accompany the children for a certain time, parents, on the other hand, from day one and in the best case for the rest of their lives. Parents lay the foundation of education on which the teachers or educators build. The parents help with the ground floor, the teachers with the first floor - the children do the interior work themselves. And all together hopefully results in a big house.
We want to show you 3 ways how you can support your child in learning. This is not only about learning at school, but about learning in all areas of life.
Joy is the driving force of learning
Be it climbing trees, tree frogs or comics: interest and enthusiasm lead to children learning. "If a student is to master difficult tasks, you must inspire him". A poet realized this a long time ago.
- What is your child interested in and what makes it forget time?
Tying up your child's interests. If you want your child to practice reading, let him or her find a book that interests him or her. If you want your child to do math, have you ever done one-time tasks with cars or tree frogs?
Errors are important steps on the way to a solution
Mistakes do not mean that we are too "dumb" to do things right.
When a small child learns to walk, it will fall down very often before. Children must first practice before they can walk. Later we tend to expect that everything must succeed immediately.
- What can be learned from the mistakes made?
Agree on goals that are linked to further development and not just to "short-term" success such as a good grade in a particular thesis. Example: Cem and his father write down that Cem wants to learn more about the Middle Ages in the next school year and wants to write more legibly. Concludes a "learning contract" about these goals. Do not compare your child's achievements with others, but only with his or her own achievements and look at them together: How did the child write a year ago, how does he write now?
If you would like to know more about how important it is to make mistakes, you will find an article about it here.
Mentors inspire children and relieve parents
It takes a whole village to raise a child. There's an African proverb that says so. That makes it all the more important to find people who can support you in the mammoth task of being a parent. This is also said by the learning researcher Gerald Hüther. He calls such people mentors.
Mentors teach children in a playful and casual way: Playing basketball, math, climbing trees, expressing themselves well. These people, who inspire your child, relieve you at the same time. Because, quite honestly: sometimes, as a dad or mum, there is simply not enough time to keep an eye on the child's learning.
- How can your child develop with the help of other people?
Support your child in finding "inspiring companions" or actively look for a mentor for your child. If there is no one in your environment, "Balu und du" and "Rock your life" will arrange mentors for children (You and Baloo).
You - like most parents - probably want only the best for your child. Sometimes that takes a few ideas. For example, inspirations for making the most of your Summer Holidays or tricks for closing gaps in your child's knowledge. (Knowledge gaps).
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