What is Learning?

Learning matters because it is essential to our very existence.
Sue Humphry

B.Ed., MSc.
Sue has worked in schools and private practice as a teacher, system leader and Psychologist for over 35 years.

Learning is defined as the process of acquiring new, or modifying existing, knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences. However, it can be more than that because it is within a context of our relationships and the environment that we live in. It also includes looking for connections and meaning in our world and knowing how to navigate within our world. When thinking about what learning looks like in the home, it is the accumulation of day to day experiences as well as what your child is taught.

Learning involves change, activity and the process of acquiring information. It also it requires interactions, connections, reflections and experiences.  

Why learning matters?

Learning matters because it is essential to our very existence. It is what helps you and your child to become active, engaged and contributing member of society. Learning is what enables your child to acquire the skills and competencies needed to thrive, change and adapt to our world. Learning increases our understanding of the world around us and provides us with opportunities to improve our lives. The competencies of perspective taking, communication, decision making, critical thinking and problem solving are foundational to learning and to success.

How you can support learning?

Learning can be supported in the home by providing opportunities for your child to grow in their knowledge of the world around them, the sciences, math and reading.

Supporting learning at home and suggestions for how to develop these areas for your child are outlined in the following:

  • Setting Up Your Learning Space
  • Elementary Literacy
  • Elementary Numeracy
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Reading in Junior and High School
  • Writing in Junior and High School
  • Speech and Language Skills
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy

Sue Humphry
B.Ed., MSc. Sue has worked in schools and private practice as a teacher, system leader and Psychologist for over 35 years.