12 Strategies To Motivate Your Child To Learn
Most good students aren’t born good learners. Yes, individual personality plays a big part in a child’s willingness to learn and their overall disposition when it comes to schooling and education, but most children who are good learners at some point had to become good learners. More importantly, any student, who possesses the basic aptitude and receives the right motivation, can become a good learner.
One of the biggest mistakes teachers and parents can make when to comes to developing students and children who are good learners is to limit learning to the classroom. While the classroom will likely be the primary source of instruction; intellectual, social and academic growth should extend outside the walls of the classroom, if you want to really enhance a child’s desire and ability to learn.
The following are proven tips and strategies that will motivate your child to learn. Apply them correctly, and you’ll see your child or student discover the joy of learning.
Develop an atmosphere of reading
Some people would argue that reading is the key to success in life. We would most certainly argue that as a minimum reading is key to success in learning. Children who develop a love of reading, develop a love for learning. Children who struggle with reading, struggle with learning. Reading not only helps children develop a much richer vocabulary, it helps their brain learn how to process concepts and formal communication. And the skills gained from reading extend far beyond increased performance in language art classes. Students who read well experience an enhanced ability to learn in all subjects – including technical subjects such as math and science.
Help your child develop reading skills and a love for reading by filling his world with reading. Read to your child frequently. Have your child real aloud. Create a family reading time where everyone focuses on reading for 20 minutes a day. Through your own example of reading and by filling your classroom and/or home with reading materials (novels, posters, newspapers, magazines, etc.) you’ll create an atmosphere of reading that will demonstrate to your child (or students) just how important reading is.
A key to developing good readers, is to make reading fun – not frustrating. If a child decides that reading is boring or frustrating, they won’t want to read and their ability to learn will be diminished. Let children pick their own books to read, help them read, and create activities for them that make reading fun.