Common Core Standards: How to Model Lifelong Learning
Children look to their parents and other significant adults in their lives to determine what’s important to them. For Common Core Standards success, it’s imperative that you model good learning habits.
Because these values are instilled at an early age, it’s important that you and other adults in the household communicate the importance of education and the process of learning. This includes supporting the notion that education doesn’t stop when school is finished and that even adults are learners, whether or not they’re still in school.
Being a lifelong learner simply means that you value education, recognize its potential, and continually seek out ways to engage in learning through various means. Even if you didn’t like school as a child and young adult, being a lifelong learner can be fun because you get to decide what, when, where, and how you learn! Here are a few suggestions on how to become a lifelong learner:
Identify and study a topic that interests you. Choose an academic subject, such as literature or a foreign language, or more practical topics, such as growing vegetables, fixing your car, or making jewelry. Part of the negativity surrounding homework is that it encroaches on time at home.
You can turn the tide on feelings of resentment while bonding with your child by spending time together in study. This is a great time for your child to see you reading, researching a certain topic, or even taking a free online class.
Be the “lead reader” in your household on a daily basis. Make reading a regular activity in your home. Even when homework time is over, it’s a great idea to sit down and read to or with your child, depending on their age. Find a collection of reading materials that are of interest to both of you and set aside reading time each day. Make reading a habit.
Point out learning opportunities in everyday life. Be on the lookout for ways to incorporate the skills and concepts your child is learning into your everyday activities at home. This requires that you stay current on the topics he’s studying.
Make some family time learning time. Support your child’s interest in education by showing her how much you value what she’s studying. Ask her questions about what she learned at school. Encourage her to respond with specifics and give examples. This communicates to your child that you’re invested in her education and value her ability to communicate about what she’s doing at school.
Attend a class or workshop together. Take advantage of the educational opportunities in your community, such as workshops offered at local stores and community centers and tours available at local, state, or national parks and cultural centers. These are fun ways to explore new subjects and show your child that not all learning has to take place in a desk at school.