All parents would want their children to be curious, inquisitive, independent and most importantly, enjoy learning. However, parents and educators can instill this love of learning only when they are able to create a positive learning environment for children where they can freely express ideas, make choices, build solutions and take actions. So how can parents work towards fostering a positive learning environment at home? How can they inspire and encourage their children to embrace learning?
Aarti Ordhrani, School counsellor at North London Collegiate School Dubai, has some tips for parents. Aarti has been working with students, parents, and teachers in the school setting and facilitates classroom sessions with students to enhance their emotional growth and overall wellbeing. Here’s what she says about fostering positive learning environment for children:
We can all appreciate that learning takes place in various forms and in a variety of settings. We can create positive environments to enhance learning for our children at home to consolidate what our children have learnt at school and to aid them in areas where they might need specific support.
Effective communication and engagement:
To make it easier for children to follow tasks through, communication and expectations need to be clear. We need to be enthusiastic and creatively look for ways to engage them, even when the task may, at first glance, seem boring. We also need to ensure that the completion of an activity, which they do not particularly enjoy, is followed by one which they do.
Develop social skills and positive attitude
In addition to academic skills, development of social skills such as listening, taking turns and dealing with disappointments are also necessary. Those who feel socially connected to their instructors and peers and have more consistently positive experiences are more likely to develop a positive attitude towards learning. Recent studies show that these positive feelings in turn stimulate the frontal lobe, which is responsible for planning, organization, speech and language, emotional regulation, and problem solving.
Build better organisational skills
Often children need help with organisational skills or learning “how to learn.” The good news is that they can be taught how to keep track of assignments and complete them in time by using schedules and to-do lists. Establishing routines has proven to be effective in improving organization. They can be taught note-taking skills to help sort out and review what they are learning. Reading, for instance, forms the basis for learning in most subject areas and is a skill that can improve overall achievement.
Personalize tasks based on child’s specific needs
In order to address barriers to learning, we need to be good listeners and understand the difficulties that our child may be experiencing. Based on their specific requirements, we might need to break tasks down into manageable segments; praise and reinforce positive behaviour after the completion of each sub-task; extend the amount of time allotted for specific tasks as per the child’s need; record improvement; and reduce or eliminate unnecessary tasks that have already been mastered.
Keep the momentum going
Keeping a track of their progress enables them to feel a sense of accomplishment, which in turn acts as a motivating tool. Finally, establishing a good relationship with your child’s school will promote a positive attitude towards life-long learning.
About NLCS Dubai
Since 1850, North London Collegiate School (UK) has maintained its reputation for providing an outstanding education. North London Collegiate School Dubai opened in September 2017 as a co-educational International Baccalaureate Continuum School, offering IB programmes to children from ages 3 to 18 on a world-class, purpose-built campus, located close to the DIFC, Downtown and Business Bay areas in Dubai after having successfully established its ﬁrst international school in Jeju, South Korea in 2011.
Visit http://www.nlcsdubai.ae/ to know more about the School.