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Education

Parents, teachers can help foster a love for learning in kids

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While some kids love the idea of learning new things, for others it can be a struggle to get motivated.

In her line of work, Belinda Lies knows this all too well.

“All children have different likes and dislikes,” said the director of the Yorkville-based Kiddie Campus. “If preschoolers are learning about topics that pique their interests, they are going to be more excited about learning.”

The daily Kiddie Campus curriculum focuses on verbal and cognitive development. And Lies knows it’s imperative to keep the activities engaging.

To that end, she uses puppets, pictures, music, games, and books to capture their attention and foster their imaginations.

“We want our children to enjoy the subject we are teaching so that they will want to learn,” she said.

Another thing to keep in mind? The power of praise.

During the learning process, kids will often look to teachers and parents for approval and positive reinforcement. Seek out opportunities to praise the way a child is approaching an activity or lesson.

“Complimenting children gives them a sense of confidence and encourages their desire to learn and be successful,” said Lies.

It’s also important to remember that not all children are able to focus their attention on academics when they’re still trying to develop social skills. Enrolling children in a preschool program will help them get much of their need to socialize out of their system before kindergarten begins.

Parents can also help motivate their children to get excited about learning just by asking questions. Kids love to share their day with you no matter how old they are.

 

Kiddie Campus

1407 Cannonball Trail

Yorkville, Illinois 60560