Any child can do well at school. Although some children are naturally more intelligent and curious than others, with the right strategies and support, and motivating your child, it is still possible for all kids to succeed academically.
Perhaps your child is uninterested in their schoolwork or finds it hard to get their head around certain subjects. This is not the fault of the child, their teachers, or your parenting. Sometimes different children respond to different learning styles. No child is the same. While some may prefer to read and understand complicated topics, others may learn in a more visual, tactile way. To set your little one up to do well at school it helps to understand their particular learning style and come up with ways of motivating them.
If this sounds familiar, you may be banging your head against the wall to think of ways to get them to do homework or understand long division. It doesn’t matter whether they’re in traditional academia, special education, or even an online Christian homeschool: learning isn’t just restricted to the classroom. There are many things you can do to help them further their education and improve their abilities from home.
To get you started, here are three ways to motivate your child to learn.
No matter how thorough the curriculum at your child’s school, the most important life lessons are learned outside the classroom. That’s why it’s crucial to cultivate an atmosphere of continual learning in your home. Reading books is one of the best ways to increase one’s knowledge and understanding of the world. It doesn’t matter whether it is popular fiction, classic literature, or educational non-fiction; reading will help your child’s learning improve to no end. Buy them as many books as they can read, and set an example by putting down your phone and reading in front of them. Children pick up numerous behaviors from their parents, so you should make sure they are good habits rather than bad ones.
If your child doesn’t want to learn, it can help to delve into the reasons why. Rather than just forcing them to do their work without question, talk to them about how they feel about it. Encouraging communication might help you understand why your child is struggling, and what you can do to help them enjoy it. Perhaps they just need a different learning style, or they are having trouble with undiagnosed dyslexia.
Be firm but not overbearing
Of course, there will be times when you need to push your child to do homework against their will, and in these situations, you must be firm. But if you are too strict with them all the time, they will come to develop increasingly negative associations with learning. Rather than punishing them for not working, instead, offer them rewards for doing well at school. Make games of their learning and have fun together, Over time they will come to see academia not as a horrible thing to be avoided, but as a necessary part of life that helps them to improve.