Foster Your Keiki's Love of Learning With These Two Things
Raising Successful, Lifelong Learners:
In our last post, we shared how our kuleana (responsibility) as parents/caregivers is to strengthen the synaptic connections within our keiki’s brain. Here are two of the ways we can do this:
𝕍𝕒𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕕 𝕖𝕩𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕤: mostly, this means just to play! Free play, planned activities, sensory play...all of the above. But this also includes exposure to different places like going to the beach, the park or the grocery store! Even just going for a walk around the neighborhood or to your backyard will do!
ℝ𝕚𝕔𝕙 𝕧𝕠𝕔𝕒𝕓𝕦𝕝𝕒𝕣𝕪: they get this from you when you talk with them! So be sure to narrate daily activities like hand washing or changing diapers. Use lots of adjectives, especially when it comes to their senses. Read lots of books and sing lots of songs. Engage them in conversations. Ask them open ended questions. Give them time to respond!
These two factors become more meaningful in the context of your keiki’s interest. Pay attention to what they’re paying attention to! Just like adults, when it comes to something they care about, it’s more engaging for them...and when it’s more engaging, they get more out of it!
***we felt it was important to note that neither of these will support your keiki’s development if they do not feel secure in their environment. When a secure attachment forms between keiki and caregiver, they become more confident in themselves and therefore more willing to explore and learn.