09 November 2011

Your learning memories: arrows pointing to your kid's education

Amazon: Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child NeedsParenting is an exercise in seeing the forest for the trees. So often we're caught up in millions of daily decisions, small and large, that we forget to step back and adjust course, aiming for our ultimate hopes and dreams for our children.

Take education. We focus on kids' daily practice of school -- getting there on time, getting the lunches made, getting the homework done, getting along with classmates and teachers, and (for some) getting the grades. It's a lot to handle, too much some weeks. And these details are important.

Amazon: Motivated Minds: Raising Children to Love LearningProblem is the details can keep us (and our kids) busy enough that we take our eyes off the prize: learning. Loving to learn. Learning to learn.

I'm not saying that the work-, schedule- and social requirements of school necessarily take away from learning. Just that it's important to check in and notice what about your kid's education is exciting him. What's interesting? What makes him want to find out more?

Reading your learning memories reminded me of that. I asked folks to share their favorite learning memories to enter the GeekDad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists giveaway, and there was such excitement and curiosity in those stories! All different, but each one full of energy. Amazing to read those comments. Thank you to all who shared them.

It's worth thinking about what your kid would say if she were to share her favorite learning experience so far.

Better yet, ask. Then make a concrete plan to include a similar experience in the next month.

More: Review: Mind In The Making

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This is great. It is important for us as parents to be aware of our children. While we go through the motions of daily life and schooling we also need to make it memorable so they love learning and continuing to learn on a daily basis.

i have lots of books about parenting, some useful information I have also collected from this blog.

Thanks
Saif

Thanks for the post. Parenting is something like nothing else. My girls are 4 and 5 and they are like a sponge right now.. learning so much. It is interesting to see how they learn the best... they are both so different.

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