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As parents, it is our responsibility, or as some view it, our privilege, to guide our children in the way that they should go. It is a constant and tireless endeavor, but one that we are greatly rewarded for accomplishing. Children’s minds are like sponges, eager to take in every bit of knowledge placed before them. It is so important that we fill our children’s minds with noble ideas. Audio learning makes this task much easier.
You see, there is a difference between filling our children’s minds with facts, and filling them with ideas. You can present facts to your child all day long, but until the facts give them an idea, those facts are not learned. They will not affect your child’s life and you are wasting your time.
Facts Vs. Ideas
Here is an example of a text that you would find in any history textbook:
Knights were taught to be brave and to follow orders. Many knights fought during The Crusades.
These are facts about a knight’s life but they evoke very little, if any, emotion as we read them. They remain nothing but facts to us.
Now, read this passage from the great work, Winning His Spurs: A Tale of the Crusades, by G.A. Henty
“Whether success will crown the effort, or whether God wills it otherwise, it is not for man to discuss; it is enough that the work is there, and it is our duty to do it.”
This passage evokes emotions of bravery, courage, and patriotism. These are all characteristics of a real knight. When a child hears these words, they will connect with them and understand what it was to be a knight. This passage gives your child an idea. Facts about history just touch the surface, but ideas reach their hearts.
Once a child connects with an idea, it becomes their own. It sinks into their heart and changes their perspective on life. They have learned it. Ideas come from connecting with a truth. Your child will begin to believe this truth and accept it as their own. This is, in essence, faith and this is why audio learning is so important for children.
Faith Comes By Hearing (The Benefits Of Audio Learning)
You see, ideas come about from faith and faith comes by hearing. As children listen to great works such as Winning His Spurs, they aren’t just learning facts. They become immersed in the life of a great hero. You will find them talking about the hero and contemplating the characteristics they exhibited.
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Audio learning allows you to take advantage of every moment of your day, especially those quiet moments. Quiet time, such as car rides or winding down before bedtime, is a time when children stop and think. They will often begin reflecting and talking about their day.
Audio learning utilizes this time wisely, filling your child’s mind with ideas which they will later think about. It can be such a useful tool for developing character in our kids and giving them positive role models. They will become inspired to live noble lives themselves.
Christian Virtues Through The Lives Of Heroes
Just as dry facts don’t enter your child’s heart and mind like real, living passages do, the same is true for Biblical concepts. Learning Christian virtues comes most naturally to children when they are taught through the lives of heroes. Set aside time each day and dedicate it to audio learning. It is an invaluable tool for filling your child’s heart and mind with ideas.
Audio learning…now, there’s an idea!
You may also consider reading another Live The Adventure Letter article: How Audio Learning Can Improve Your Child’s Grades
What do you think about the benefits of audio learning for your children? Let us know in the comments below.