Beyond the Classroom: Be Your Child's Learning Role Model (page 2)

Beyond the Classroom: Be Your Child

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Updated on Sep 20, 2013

Show that adults can learn and be amazed, too

Kids believe that adults know everything about the world, but it’s so much more exciting to realize that the world is so big and wonderful that you never have to stop learning. Whatever you do, learn with your child. Don’t be afraid to show her that even though you're an adult, you still have things to learn and be amazed about. Make sure she doesn’t feel embarrassed to express interest or ask questions. As children get older, they tend to lose their curiosity because of pressure to appear intelligent. Being open and expressive about what you don’t know and what you’d love to learn more about gives kids permission to do the same. Be amazed. Be interested.


None of these activities require lesson plans, quizzes, tests or even homework. Learning at its best is about curiosity, questioning and discovery. It’s about getting out into the world and experiencing it. People spend exponentially more time learning outside the classroom than in it during a lifetime. Learning with enthusiasm and being curious with your young one doesn't have to be an expense. You just need to be part of it with them and share the joy.

Lori Beverage is senior manager of national community and family support for K12. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and special education from UMaine at Farmington, a Master of Arts degree from Emerson College in theater education, and a decade of experience in the brick-and-mortar classroom as a special educator. She also has 18 years of experience homeschooling her four children using K12 and other curricula.

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