lifelong learning

9 Ways to Develop a Lifelong Learning in Your Child

The Collins English Dictionary defines “lifelong learning” as “the provision or use of both formal and informal learning opportunities throughout people’s lives in order to foster the continuous development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for employment and personal fulfillment.”

Introduced in Denmark as early as 1971, the term “recognizes that learning is not confined to childhood or the classroom but takes place throughout life and in a range of situations” (Wikipedia).

Many educators and parents actually advocate lifelong learning because it is considered something that is crucial in a person’s development and growth.

It is very important that, as parents, we reflect on our goals for our children. We should ask ourselves questions such as: What kind of children do we want them to become? What kind of future do we want for them?

To develop and nurture our children to be lifelong learners is one of the best gifts we can impart to them. Why you may ask? Because we want to raise children who are not just knowledgeable but who are also self-motivated to learn on their own — children who do not need prodding or external reinforcement in order for them to understand concepts.

We want children who understand, who analyze, who ask questions rather than children who simply memorize. There is no need to memorize facts anymore… we live in an age where everything is googleable, memorization is not enough.

In short, we want to equip children with life skills such as: being curious; independent; sensitive to the needs of others; expressive — these skills are what matter as they go through life.

If you want to encourage lifelong learning in your own child, here are some expert tips for you:

1. Value your child’s uniqueness.

Find out your children’s interests, and strengths that bring out the best in them.

It is by knowing your child well that you will be able to discover how he learns, and by doing so, you will be able to support him in ways that will make him love learning more.

2. Involve your child in activities that will help him learn best

These activities need not be restrained to classroom-learning only, but it can actually include activities that will expose your child to the bigger world outside the school. Take your child outdoors, travel with your child, and do activities that will make learning more enjoyable.

3. Encourage growth

Encourage [your kids], and if you praise, praise using the correct guidelines. Instill the growth mindset.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

4. Don’t focus on grades.

Parents should not be “grade or credential conscious,” and should encourage their kids not to be so either.

What is important is how you are learning in all aspects of life, not just academics. Teach your children that they are not limited by the requirements of their teachers, and to do things not for the grades but for the love of learning.

5. Let him ask questions

I believe that questioning around the house, which she believes is crucial when it comes to encouraging lifelong learning.

What is more important is the questions we ask, and how we process things rather than finding answers. And if there are answers, we usually seek alternatives or see how such answers are framed by contextual factors.

As our children grow, the more they should be able to tolerate ambiguities. It’s good for them to realize that you cannot put all things in neat ‘boxes.’ It makes you live in awe and wonder.

6. Teach him how to learn

One key competency that’s being inculcated among young learners today is learning to learn.

You can do a Google search about how knowledge expands and multiplies, especially when it comes to technology — that once a textbook is made, a new version is created

Thus, it is important to teach children how to learn, and how to acquire knowledge, more than just memorizing facts and figures.

7. Be part of a community

When children are discovering new things with his peers/friends, it makes learning more enjoyable.

I encourage parents to find playgroups or interest groups that will expose their children to a community that “loves to learn and to experience.

8. Model lifelong learning to your child

“Children look up to their parents as their role models. Thus, it is good to be a good example when it comes to becoming a lifelong learner.

On a practical level, parents should show their kids what it means to “explore” and “be curious.

Show them what it means to value knowledge by reading, researching (through the use of books or the Internet) and to find out new concepts through a variety of means — through traveling; learning from peers; reading; etc.

9. Develop a love for learning

Make learning fun. Make reading fun. Make math fun. Make every learning experience fun and don’t make learning very passive. Instead, make learning active so that your kids remain curious. Curiosity drives them to always want to learn more.

In the end, lifelong learning, like most other things related to our children, is something that is better “caught” than “taught.

Let us show our children that lifelong learning is something to be pursued by pursuing it ourselves, and encourage them to make every life experience a learning one. As American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer

As American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer John Dewey once said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”