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10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Learn

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Fill your child's world with reading.

school-chalao-1-motivate-your-child imageTake turns reading with your older child, or establish a family reading time when everyone reads her own book. Start passion projects. What are their interests? What do they like to do the most? Help them learn all they can about something they are interested in and help them create things to become a specialist. Fascinate your child with books that interest them. Is your child into pets? Give her a book about the evolution of various pets. Demonstrate how important reading is to you by filling your home with printed materials: novels, newspapers, even posters and placemats with words on them. Allow each child to read their own books. Take time reading with your child.


   Encourage him to express his opinion, talk about his feelings, and make choices.


school-chalao-2-motivate-your-child image What interests your child? Have them talk about what they like and explore fun subjects about it. Have open conversations about how it relates to real life. Allow your child to make their own choices. Allow him to have input on family decisions. Talk about their feelings. Learn to take wise choice. Life lessons go a long way. He can pick out a side dish to go with dinner and select his own extracurricular activities. Ask for his input on family decisions, and show that you value it. Encourage your child or student to express his opinion about what's going on with his education. Create an open atmosphere where he feels comfortable expressing his likes, dislikes or concerns. When he shares his opinion, make sure to validate his feelings – even if you disagree.



Show enthusiasm for your child's interests and encourage her to explore subjects that fascinate her.

school-chalao-3-motivate-your-child imageShow enthusiasm for your child’s interests. Encourage your child to explore subjects that fascinates the mind. Reward your child for doing a good job. When learning engages children in areas and subjects of interest, learning becomes fun and children engage in learning. If you really want to help your child to become a good learner, encourage him to explore topics and subjects that fascinate him. If he likes dinosaurs, help him find engaging and interesting books and stories about dinosaurs. Then challenge him to identify his five favorite dinosaurs and explain why he chose each one. If she's a horse nut, offer her stories about riding or challenge her to find five facts about horses in the encyclopedia.


Provide him with play opportunities that support different kinds of learning styles — from listening and visual learning to sorting and sequencing.

There are activities and supplies that encourage open-ended plschool-chalao-4-motivate-your-child imageay, like blocks, that will aid in the development of your child’s creative expression. Being creative is a great motivator. These activities will also help with your child’s problem-solving skills as he builds. He’ll need lots of unstructured play time to explore them. There are seven fundamental learning styles: Visual, Auditory, Verbal, Physical, Logical (mathematical), Social and Solitary. For example, children who are visual learners learn best by seeing how things work. Conversely, children who are auditory leanings learn best by listening to things being explained. For young children, it's beneficial to explore and employ different types of leanings styles.




Point out the new things you learn with enthusiasm.

school-chalao-5-motivate-your-child imageDiscuss the different ways you find new information, whether you're looking for gardening tips on the Internet or taking a night class in American literature. Enthusiasm rubs off, especially when it comes to learning new things. If your child or student sees that you're sincerely enthusiastic about learning, they're likely to become enthusiastic about learning. Whether its history, science, reading, writing or even math, help him see that learning is a journey of exciting new discoveries. Take every opportunity – without being overwhelming or overbearing – to discover new information with him. As your child sees the joy and excitement learning brings to your life, he'll begin to share your enthusiasm for learning new things as well.



Ask about what he's learning in school, not about his grades or test scores.

school-chalao-6-motivate-your-child imageHave him teach you what he learned in school today — putting the lesson into his own words will help him retain what he learned. Ask your child about their learning in school. What do and don’t they like? What do they struggle with? Come up with ways to extend their learning at home. Create fun and interesting opportunities for them to enjoy the things they don’t like and ride the wave of the things they do. Plan extra projects or trips to places that will extend the learning. Instead of asking your child how he did on his math test as soon as he gets home from school, have him teach you what he learned in math today. Focus on what your child is learning, as opposed to how he is performing. While performance is important, focusing on his learning experience will

(1) communicate to your child that actual learning is more important than test grades.

(2) results are not the most important thing.

(3) you're more concerned about him than you are about his performance.

(4) by focusing on his learning experience that day you'll provide him the opportunity to put into his own words his lesson and solidify what he's learned.


Help your child organize her school papers and assignments so she feels in control of her work.

school-chalao-7-motivate-your-child imageIf her task seems too daunting, she'll spend more time worrying than learning. Check in with her regularly to make sure she's not feeling overloaded. Your child is probably a little overwhelmed with learning. Help your child organize their books, papers and assignments and carve out a special place at home where they can store all their schoolwork. This will help your child keep things more under-control and less cluttered. Helping your child organize his papers, books and assignments will go a long way to helping him feel motivated to learn. Disorganization is typical among young school age children, but it can also lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed. Overwhelmed children spend more time and effort being frustrated and worried than they do learning. Be patient, but consistent, in helping your child organize his school supplies and assignments. This will help him feel in control, less overwhelmed and more motivated to learn.



Celebrate achievements, no matter how small.

school-chalao-8-motivate-your-child imageNo matter how small they may be, it's important to recognize and celebrate your child's achievements. This is especially important for elementary age school children who require constant positive reinforcement to keep them motivated to learn and challenge themselves to do better. We're not suggesting that you praise mediocrity, but that you offer recognition and celebrate your child's achievements. Finishing a difficult project deserves a special treat; doing well on a math test could call for a trip to get ice cream. Completing a book report calls for a special treat; finishing a book allows your child an hour of video games. You'll offer positive reinforcement that will inspire him to keep learning and challenging himself. Always use positive reinforcement as your tool to motivate learning with your child.



Focus on strengths, encouraging developing talents.

school-chalao-9-motivate-your-child imageFocusing on strengths can be difficult when there is so much your child struggles academically. Notwithstanding, focusing on your child's strengths is vital to healthy emotional and academic development and progress. Focusing on your child's strengths is another form of positive reinforcement that will motivate him to keep learning. Conversely, focusing on your child's weaknesses does nothing but cause discouragement, distress and a lack of desire to learn. Did Jonny fail his math test? Well then, in addition to getting him a little extra help with his math make sure to congratulate him for how well he's doing in science class.


Turn everyday events into learning opportunities.

school-chalao-10-motivate-your-child imageEncourage him to explore the world around him, asking questions and making connections. Turning every day into a learning day may sound like a bit much, but it really isn't, if you go about it the right way. Whenever possible, encourage your child to explore the world around him, ask questions and make connections. Help him categorize, classify and thinking critically of what he sees and experiences. Turning every day into a learning day will help your child develop the internal motivation to learn in the classroom, at home or wherever he may be.




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