10 ways to motivate kids to LEARN


10 ways to motivate kids to LEARN

Have you ever asked a child what they love about school? If so, the most common responses you will get are “meet friends” or “do projects” or “attend events and activities”, but a child will rarely say, “I enjoy going to school because I enjoy learning”. When it comes to school, classes, study, and homework become a chore for most children that they “need” rather than “want” to do. In this race to complete the curriculum and get better grades, the learning that is an integral part of schooling is often sidelined.

The Duden defines the term “learning” as “the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience or instruction” . One thing that is clear from this definition is that learning cannot be confined solely to something acquired in a classroom.

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As the famous French musician Michel Legrand said: “The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I understand, the less I know.” In fact, learning is a lifelong process and not only learned at school. Your child learns through experiences and lessons learned in class and outside of class. And if they are interested in the learning process, they will surely remember well what they are being taught.

So how do you motivate your child to learn and actively participate in the learning process? Here are some tips.

1. Ask her for her opinion
The biggest part of a child’s life, whether at school or at home, is being told what to do. Decisions are made for it and tasks are assigned to it. But if you want to get your child excited about learning, you need to put them in the driver’s seat more often. You could do this by first asking for their opinion on what tasks they would like to do and giving them free rein on the extracurricular activities they would like to do. If you involve her more in the decision-making process, she will be more interested in what she is learning and how she is learning it.

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2. Encourage open communication
Your child needs to feel that their opinion counts. Whether you disagree or agree with him on certain issues, he should be encouraged to freely express his likes and dislikes. If he feels his feelings about an issue don’t matter, he is likely to withdraw from the learning process and see it more as a chore. To stimulate their interest in learning, discuss their educational experience with them and ask their opinions about the classroom, lesson plans, and learning system.

3. Let them pursue their interests
Whether your child is interested in basketball or learning about the growth of different plants, get interested in their activities and hobbies. As a parent, if you become an enthusiastic partner in the activities that interest them, they will inevitably learn more and enjoy the learning process. Do projects together or join parent and child classes to instill in her a love of learning.

4. Let him develop his learning style
There are seven main learning styles – visual, auditory, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary. Your child may prefer one style or a mix of styles to learn different skills. Let them choose and develop their unique way of learning. Don’t dictate what it should do. This will encourage them not only to learn more, but also to do it more effectively.

5. Make learning fun
Any task will become boring if you do it daily. Break the monotony by introducing educational games and activities into your child’s daily routine. That way, your child would look forward to learning every day. For example, there is the possibility to learn with a learning robot. You can find more about this in the guide from kinderprogrammieren.de .

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6. Focus on studying, not grades
In this competitive world, it’s easy to get distracted by notes, slips of paper, and the usual numbers game. However, this is not conducive to your child’s learning process. Instead of obsessing over how many points they got in a subject, ask them to explain to you what they learned at school that day. If they feel that what matters is their performance and not what they have learned, they will feel demotivated to study at school and at home.

7. Be more organized with your child
Chaos often leads to confusion, and this is especially true when it comes to learning. Help your child be more organized by making sure they file their notes properly and keep their study materials organized in the space provided. That way, he doesn’t lose his notes all the time and has more control over his study routine and methods.

8. Appreciate small accomplishments
Praise shouldn’t be limited to great accomplishments and events. Everyday, small achievements are also of great importance for your child. Younger children need constant positive reinforcement to feel motivated to learn. However, be careful not to overdo it. All praise should be earned. That way, your child will strive to do better every day.

9. Focus on the positive
That’s not to say that you ignore when your child is doing poorly, but it’s important to acknowledge and appreciate them when they do well in a subject or extracurricular activity. For example, if they underperformed in science but excelled in their art project, then recognize that achievement and use it to help them do better in science.

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10. Get in the habit of reading
One surefire way to get your child excited about learning is to inculcate the habit of reading in them from an early age. The more it reads, the more it learns. And the more he learns, the more interested he will be in acquiring new knowledge.

Aside from these steps, when you, as a parent, show enthusiasm for daily learning by sharing information about something new you’ve learned or seen, or taking up a new interest or hobby, your child will also be motivated to learn new things every day . By being an example to them, you ensure that they will share any new information they have learned with you and include you in their learning process as well.

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