The Fundamentals of Learning

You can’t love learning if you struggle with it.

Learning should be a lifelong obsession that starts at an early age. Children should feel passionate about it and understand that this learning obsession is directly related to personal growth, life and career success. However, often times their learning experience is hampered by disability and, therefore, their achievements later on in life can potentially be limited.

Today, children literally have access to the world at their fingertips with online technology via a  smart phone, computer or a tablet. Knowledge empowering information is available to everyone at a moment’s notice. Learning should be an enjoyable experience and technology can help children learn with ease. Currently though, most schools haven’t caught up to new technology trends and learning, often time, remains a laborious process for our kids.

The question gets to be how you can integrate this new technology and learning methods into our school systems. Currently, our children are inundated with testing in the classroom, including state, district and national exams that take place  during the course of the year. But children are being taught only what’s needed for an exam and the types of methods don’t engage them in long-term learning and development habits. Schools aren’t rewarding creative thinking, discovery and curiosity which make the love of learning even more important today. Technology has given our children innovative ways of thinking, exploring and increasing knowledge. But, then again, teachers are being held back from exploring new platforms for teaching because of lack of funding. Not all school system can afford a “smart board” in every classroom.  Curiosity makes the love of learning important to finding success in school. If a child is intrigued by a subject they will spend time exploring and learning with ease.

Today, if a child is struggling with school and hasn’t mastered the fundamentals of learning as required by the school system they struggle often for years. They start to dread reading, writing and mathematics. Over time they develop negative connections with learning and the struggling continues to mount. This problem is heightened for the learning disabled. As you well know, no one likes to do things that they aren’t good at so this struggling student will resist studying at home and doing homework assignments. It develops into a vicious cycle and can clearly be showcased in many cases of children with dyslexia.

Students who are diagnosed with dyslexia can see profound changes in learning given the proper direction, support, and tools. In most cases help is needed outside of the classroom setting. Parents need to determine which strategy of support would best help their child; if they can manage the dyslexia symptoms with tutoring or simply target the source of dyslexia and try to resolve it once and for all.

Most parents seek out support with tutoring to deal with the consequences of dyslexia, such as the difficulty learning to decode or getting through homework. However, tutoring doesn’t always help with the underlying difficulty that often occurs when unraveling years of learning frustrations  that occurs while in school and going undiagnosed.  It is often more difficult for students to adapt after going through years of having been undiagnosed with dyslexia.

The better option would be to seek out ways to overcome possible learning issues as soon as possible making learning an easier process rather than a struggle for these kids. If treated correctly children can quickly improve brain function, address language processing and cognitive differences which are the source of most forms of dyslexia.