I've had people ask me what the Love of Learning looks like in action. For many people, the "look" is very different than what they are used to. We have a kindergarten-aged son who, like many young boys, is not known for his interest in sitting quietly for long periods of time, yet that doesn't stop him from learning. It certainly makes his learning look different, though.
If you've read the book, you know that reading to your kids is one of the most important things you can do. Math, on the other hand, isn't as simple. Or is it?
My wife is really good at matching learning materials with kids. She recently bought several math story books and we've read them to the littles numerous times. They teach counting and number recognition. There may be some basic adding and subtracting built into a few of them. They aren't complex at all, but they are interesting to kids.
Our little guy can write his name on his paper (and even the coffee table), but that's all we've ever encouraged him to do with writing letters or numbers. He'll get it when he's ready. Here's where the Love of Learning philosophy kicks in. The other day I walked into the kitchen to find him sitting at the counter with a paper in front of him and a pencil in his hand. He also had a ruler and was neatly copying the numbers one through twelve on the paper. We never asked him to do this. He saw the ruler (an opportunity) and decided he could make one of his own.
Granted, this is one vignette is not going to make him a genius. What it does do, however, is demonstrate how a child who loves to learn will find opportunities to learn in his own time. That little ruler incident provided more opportunities for me to talk with him about numbers. At that point, he was interested in learning, so the time was right.
You may have heard me discuss the need for the homeschool parent to provide opportunities for learning, but the concept goes both ways. Sometimes we provide the opportunities and sometimes our kids provide the opportunities. That's when it's up to us to seize the moment.