Do you want your child to show unlimited enthusiasm in learning? Then, it should start from you! You heard it right. You can motivate your child to show great interest in learning only when you involve yourself.
You may think that he/she is learning all he/she has to in school. Well that’s true in a way because it’s the school where your child develops his/her intellectual and social skills, however, your child needs your help to open up the whole new world of ideas and enjoy discovering new things everyday that will transfer to his/her schoolwork and homework. So ultimately, it’s you who’ll boost his/her academic achievements!
Here’s how to do it.
- Fill your child’s world with books and reading. You child needs to know that you give great importance to reading. So the first step is to fill your home with books, newspapers and magazines. Then, you can take turns in reading for each other. This can be done even with your older child. Or plan a family reading time when everyone reads his/her own book.
- Encourage your child to express his/her opinions, talk about his/her feelings, and make choices. You can start by giving small responsibilities in making choices for the family like picking out a side dish to go with dinner and selecting his/her own extracurricular activities. You can ask for your child’s opinion when choosing a furniture or curtain for your house. You can let him/her talk about how he/she feels about a certain thing or person.
- Show interest in what your child likes, and encourage him/her to explore his/her favourite subjects. Every person has the ability to excel in things that are close to their heart. So take the right step in showing enthusiasm in your child’s interests and help him/her to achieve great success.
- Provide your child with opportunities that support different types of learning styles. With the ever evolving technical world, you can provide your child with supplies like listening to audio books, watching educational television programs, playing games related to learning etc, which encourage your child to learn.
- Show your child the new things you learn with passion. Chat about the different ways you find new information, whether you’re looking for gardening, cooking or beauty tips on the web or doing a distance course in literature or psychology. Your enthusiasm might stick to your child as well!
- Talk to your child about school every day. You shouldn’t always be enquiring about the grades and test scores. Ask about what your child is learning in school. This way you’ll prove you are interested in knowing about his/her learning process and putting the lesson into his/her own words will help him/her retain what he/she learned in class.
- Help your child to organize his/her homework and assignments. This will help your child to stop feeling pressured and stay in control of his/her work. Check in with him/her regularly to make sure he/she’s not feeling overloaded.
- Celebrate achievements, however small it is. Appreciate your child when he/she completes her assignments on time and is on track with homework and lessons. You can offer small presents or have a small family party every week to inspire your child to keep up the good work.
- Focus on your child’s strengths while encouraging to develop lacking talent. If your child shows great skills in English and is lacking the necessary skills in math, don’t worry. Praise about his/her talent and also help him/her understand that it’s important to develop skills in math. You can also talk about getting after-school academic help for the subject.
- Turn everyday events into learning opportunities for your child. You don’t always have to be in a classroom to learn math or language. You can learn math when cutting vegetables and learn language when singing a song. There are lots of ideas available on the web. Just look for some and explore the new learning curves with your child.
All the best!
Author: Sim K