Some children are naturally good at learning while some face problems with their studies. With some children, it is easy to make them do their homework while some can be really difficult. For the latter kind of children, you need to provide them with an incentive or a motivation so they can happily learn instead of considering it as a chore. The techniques that you have to use also depend on what your child is learning. If your child is learning a language, help them by starting from the basics. For instance, if your child is learning a French language, then it would be better if you teach them the French vowels and then proceed onwards. Here are some strategies for you to motivate your child to learn.
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Atmosphere Of Reading
Many people believe that reading is the key to learning, and it is pretty much true. It is a fact that most of the children struggle with reading also struggle with learning. When a child gets used to reading books, s/he forms a temperament of reading, which enables him/her to read anything without difficulty. The best way to make your child adopt a reading a habit is by providing them with interesting storybooks that they love. If they love fiction, give them fiction stories. If they are fond of science, provide them with interesting books filled with scientific books. If your child is into comics, give him/her comic books.
The basic purpose is to make your child get used to reading and then, later on, they can decide for themselves what books they prefer. Reading helps children in reading their academic books and notes and increases the vocabulary.
Let Them Learn From Mistakes
Encourage your child to do better. Children crave our encouragement, and they can get dis-hearted at the slightest things. The moment children feel they cannot do anything, they will stop trying, and that is when they need you to encourage them and push them to do better. When you try to be encouraging at your children’s failures instead of putting them down, they will not be self-conscious. Once you teach your child that mistakes are okay, and everyone is imperfect, they will stop being scared of making mistakes and will start learning from them. If your child has any doubts about them, dismiss them.
Have A Strong Communication
You should always have strong communication with your child so s/he feels comfortable to share everything with you. When you and your child don’t have any communication gap, your child will feel comfortable to share with you their concerns and problems. You can easily try to figure out a solution to what is bothering your child, or if your child is not fond of a certain learning method. Good learners know that their opinions matter and that they will not be looked down upon if they share it.
Focus On Child’s Interest
When you create a learning atmosphere based on your child’s likes and dislikes, things will become much easier. If you want your child to become a good learner, push him/her to explore the topics and subjects that interest him/her. Just like you would try to find your child’s favorite books, you need to find out what interests your child so you can focus on that. Every child has strength, something s/he is good at. When you find your child’s strength, it will help him/her to excel at it.
Introduce Different Learning Styles
Every child prefers a certain learning style, which is helpful for them. Some children prefer a mix of learning styles. Identify the learning styles and techniques that help your child learn more. There is no wrong method, just the method that your child prefers. The different learning styles include Visual, Physical, Logical, Auditory, Verbal, Social and Solitary. For example, auditory learners would learn best when something is explained to them. Visual learners want to see things and how they work to get a grasp of them.
Game-based learning has proved to be very efficient because it helps in developing the child’s interest. Games as an education tool provide opportunities and are more engaging. It is also an important motivation for team-based learning where the children strive to aim higher and be better.
Although it is common among young students to be disorganized, it makes everything overwhelming. When your child is organized, and all his/her books and notebooks are at the right spot, it will create a sense of motivation and a drive to learn. The organization does not only refer to books and stationery items but also to school work. Help your child organize his/her assignments and tests, so they are easily manageable. Overwhelmed children spend more of their time worrying about things, which is not helpful.
These strategies are simple and effective and will improve your child’s learning process!
About the Author:
Lara Smith has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at https://www.mimicmethod.com/.