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You can only learn what you love. This is how bluntly concludes a study carried out by the Spanish neuroscientist Francisco Mora (Professor of Human Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Complutense University of Madrid). The objective of his study was to find the key to learning. The result, surprising.
The secret ingredient of learning is not found in logical reasoning, critical analysis skills, or deductive method. What makes a child learn more or less are ... emotions!
Who is not curious about something, does not investigate. Who does not love something, does not get excited. Who does not get excited about something, ends up abandoning it. Everything is related. And it all starts with the same thing: emotions.
Now children learn the parts of a flower without holding it in hand. Or the phases of the moon without observing it. They read and reread a book and try to memorize. But they do not go out to tread the snow in winter with the teacher to observe the changes in the state of the water, nor do they carry out experiments as was done before in chemistry class (with exceptions, of course).
However, a teacher makes a child really learn something if he can get excited. If suddenly the child discovers something amazing. If an experiment makes your heart beat. If an explanation makes you laugh. If a teacher makes you suddenly come out of your reverie and feel astonishment, passion, fear.
You really learn what catches your eye and generates an emotion. And it is something that neuroscience has been able to demonstrate through the level of activity in the brain. That which escapes monotony has a stronger impact on brain activity. You learn more and better.
It is clear that an unmotivated child will not learn, while a child who is passionate about the class, will attend and stay focused much longer. And how do you motivate a child? Through emotions.
1. Work on your child's curiosity. Ask questions. Why will the moon be round? Why don't we fall if the Earth rotates? Where will the sun be at night?
2. Make him have contact with Nature. Let the snow touch, put your feet in the river, pick flowers in the field ...
3. Use the game to explain complex topics.
4. Experiment with it. Let me help you in the kitchen. The kitchen is a perfect place to learn physics and chemistry. And they love it!
5. Seek to surprise your child.
6. Visit museums.
7. Leave him the freedom to choose from a young age. Let him choose, for example, the book he wants to read.
8. Don't forget positive reinforcement. There are phrases and non-material 'rewards' that encourage children.
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