Let’s be frank, we’ve all struggled to learn spelling and dreaded math classes.
Most kids aren’t born good learners. When they need not worry about anything but watch cartoons and play games, doing well in academics is definitely not on their priority list. It is hard for children to appreciate learning opportunities and the value good grades in school at a young age. While parents are anxious to make their child study and succeed, we have to realize that this shouldn’t be forced – and may instead backfire if you try to do so.
But there are certainly some steps that you can take to motivate your child to learn and study. This involves stimulating their curiosity and instilling better discipline.
How to Motivate Your Child
1) Remember, NEVER limit learning to the classroom
Learning beyond the walls of a classroom is an enriching educational experience that can demonstrate how lessons learnt in school can be applied in real-life. When your child witness for themselves that they are able to count money at the candy shop, the sense of accomplishment gained could motivate them to want to learn more. Parents can involve their young ones to be in control whenever possible – give them the opportunity to apply what they have learnt, and spur them to ask questions!
Some children can learn better outdoors and in the natural environment. Taking learning outside the classroom can help them to concentrate better as they become more engaged and interested. If a school excursion excites your child, then it’s likely that they would better enjoy learning outside the classroom.
While the classroom remains as the primary source of intellectual and academic growth, never limit learning to its confinements. Allow your child to explore the endless opportunities for learning, and let them discover their interests and creativity in the process.
2) Have a structure
Help your child to stay organized and disciplined by setting some ground rules.
Even though many parents want to give their child some autonomy and room for independence, technology has made it increasingly hard for our little ones to concentrate with its never-ending entertainment and distractions.
“Don’t touch the computer until you’ve finished your homework.” As much as parents hate to be the ones who say this, there is a need to set firm limits on playtime and schedule fixed study hours. Ensuring that enough time is allocated for school work and eliminating any forms of possible distraction are vital for productive learning. If your child is easily distracted, perhaps you could also consider sitting down with them to supervise their learning (if time permits).
3) Be encouraging
Creating a positive and conducive learning environment is key for motivating your child to be curious about the world around them. If your child isn’t performing well in school, do not put them down nor enforce punishments in hope that they will be motivated to do better.
Different children learn at different pace. While you schedule fixed study time, let them learn at a reasonable pace instead of pushing them to meet your expectations. After all, they won’t be able to learn well in stressful situations!
Always keep in mind that every child has their own learning preferences and methods that are best suited for them. Be patient, as you walk along your child to discover their ways of learning and interests.