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How do keep us children intersted in learning new things?

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notanidea · 03/05/2009 22:48

What are the things parents do so their children have a quest to learn.I believe that children ( and adults) should have broad range of knowledge. For a start I have had recommendations from MNers for a kids magazine. Is there anything else I can do?I work FT - so try my best to take her to a local museum( the only one available near us).Running out of ideas........

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notanidea · 03/05/2009 22:53

what was I thinking when I typed this

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cornsilk · 03/05/2009 22:58

You don't have to wear yourself out going to places. Reading and talking together are the most important things IMO. Go to the places you (or they) are interested in. Children are much more likely to learn about something if the person leading them is genuinely interested. I don't agree with dragging children around art galleries etc if neither they nor the parents really want to be there.

notanidea · 03/05/2009 23:12

Agree CS.Have a small baby so going places are not practical for us. Both of us enjoy reading and read whenever we get time.Of late, with the new arrival unable to spend a lot of time with the eldest.

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roisin · 04/05/2009 00:48

I love learning new things and finding out about new subjects I never knew about. I think the boys pick up some of that love of learning from me and dh.

My boys are 10 and 11 now and show no signs of getting bored of learning.

I agree with cornsilk though, there's no point dragging them round, say, a botanic garden if you personally find it boring yourself and would never go there normally.

OldLadyKnowsNothing · 04/05/2009 00:53

notanidea, most children are naturally curious and want to learn - maybe just not in an institutional setting. Let them ask questions about >whatever attracts their attention< and respond as appropriate. It probably won't involve a trek round museums/art galleries/botanic gardens/stately homes and may well bore you stupid, but on the other hand you may both learn something new.

TwoScrambled · 05/05/2009 12:52

gardening is good, loads of potential for further research on the internet and discussions. Good way to introduce experiments too.

TV is useful too, dont underestimate it!

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