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How Do You Shape Young Minds to Love Learning?
- May 24, 2017
- Posted by: yorktown
- Category: Student-Centered Learning
To shape young minds to love learning begins with the excitement, intrigue and mystery of exploring. As young children discover the thrill of exploring, they are motivated by what they know about the things they love, but they also rise to a new level of curiosity about what they don’t know. Once they realize there is even more to know about what interests them, they are on a journey of discovery and exploration.
Studies show that children retain knowledge better when they pursue learning about things they like. For them to discover what they like most they need opportunities in which they can make their own choices, ask questions, feel free to want to know more and explore their curiosity. By nurturing that curiosity and inviting questions, creating even more questions from their answers, educators and parents must engage them and ignite their desire to know more.
Creating an environment that opens the door to the fun and joy of learning new things, sets the stage for young minds to feel comfortable asking why, how, what if and more. When their questions are praised, not brushed aside, children are encouraged and feel confident to keep delving into what they want to know.
In a conversation with a child, if you were to ask them, “What are you curious about today?” –imagine how their answer would be a springboard to more questions and learning opportunities.
Preparing young minds for a lifelong love of learning is one of the most fundamental things we do at Yorktown Education. We understand these children are at an essential cognitive and social development stage, so we provide engaging ways to explore, play, interact one-on-one with teachers and other students, collaborate in group lessons and learn technology for enhanced preparatory skills.
Each day Yorktown children experience core academic subjects, Mandarin Chinese and outdoor play along with Yorktown’s values of respect, responsibility and innovation. They have options for other classes which include Art, Drama, Poetry, Typing, Life Skills and Physical Education.
Our goal is to provide subjects, activities and challenges that will continually encourage children’s innate curiosity about life and engender a love of learning and creative thinking that they will take with them throughout their lives.