Q: What makes a good learner and how do I teach my kid to be one?
A good learner enjoys the process of learning and discovery. She has an inquiring mind, and dares to question and probe to find out the what, why, when, who and how in the way things work.
A good learner also takes time to explore answers from a variety of sources and does not take “no” or “I don’t know” for an answer.
To foster an inquiring mind, create an environment that encourages learning. Ask your toddler open-ended questions as she discovers the world around her. Then narrate your response to build understanding.
In the preschool years, it is often easy for a parent to say “I don’t know, go ask your father/mother” to their child’s incessant questions. I have often been guilty of brushing my children off in this way!
Instead, offer to find out the answers together. Show your little one that it is all right for Mum or Dad to not know the answers to everything. Model for your child that learning can be fun, exciting and that you are as much on a learning journey as she is.
Conduct experiments, search the Internet for answers and discuss what you have learnt together. A family that learns together, grows together. – Lynette Chua, head of department, School Support Services at Julia Gabriel Centre
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