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 Building Learning Capital
  
As we move toward the middle of the last term of the school year it is timely to reflect on all our children have accomplished. It is so rewarding to hear students speak proudly of their progress in classrooms and 'celebrate' with them when they have reached a personal learning goal.
 
These opportunities to reinforce their individual triumphs are crucial in having children see themselves as capable learners and developing in them a deep appreciation for learning. Ultimately, we want our kids to love to learn. A passion for learning is quite different from just studying to earn a grade or to please parents or teachers. Those who develop a love of learning at an early age continue the process throughout their lives.
 
As parents and teachers there are steps we can take to promote learning and set our young people on a life journey of discovery and inquiry.
 
Share what you learnt -
 
Talk with children about the things you read and hear, especially the things you find interesting or information that is new to you. Starting a discussion with "I learnt something new today..." helps children see that learning is not compartmentalised to childhood or indeed just school.
 
Asking children how they feel about various issues, current events, relationships, and values helps them to feel their opinion is valued and encourages them to reflect on topics.
 
Promote an interest -
 
Encouraging a wide range of pursuits enables children to experiment with skills and activities that they enjoy or have a particular strength in. Learning new hobbies or activities also reinforces the concept of learning for pleasure and takes learning out of the classroom.
 
Hooked on books -
 
Read books. Read on your own, which sets a good example. Read to your kids, to get them hooked on books. Have lots of books in the house. Have bookcases and digital texts that show how you value reading a range of contexts and for differing purposes.
 
Grow little strategists -
 
Play "thinking games" where there is not just one answer or where there is a requirement to plan ahead (checkers, scrabble or chess). Emphasise the value of thoughtful moves rather than the importance of winning.
 
School is cool -
Children who view school as a great place are less anxious and more responsive to learning. Children who see a strong partnership between home and school also feel the connectedness to school as an extension of their family. Encouraging children to be proud and have pride in their learning community reinforces the value of this special place and consolidates positive experiences linked to being a learner.
 
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