Ultimately, we want our kids to love to learn. A passion for learning is quite different from just studying to earn a grade, or to please parents or teachers. Here are a few things you can do to engage your child in learning.
When we were students, we fared better for subjects that we loved, whereas we usually fared worse for subjects that we disliked or had no interest in. It is also exactly due to this reason that students’ results can range from distinction to a normal passing grade. We have seen
so many cases on how academic results are proportional to a child’s interest level. With so many distractions around the student, it is no wonder that their focus and concentration are much shorter, and this urgent issue has become an alarming problem for parents to address.No doubt, children love to learn. They learn best when they are excited and motivated to listen and learn.
The key is how to make the subjects and activities interesting for the children to be engaged and to want to learn more. Interest can be cultivated when the child is young. You can also use innovative methods to draw the child’s attention and concentration.
One way to ensure that your child is engaged in education is to let them apply the knowledge that they have learnt in school.For instance, when a school teaches values such as resilience, you can give real-life, day-to-day examples of people who are close to him, so that they can relate to them and understand the importance of resilience. Case studies are lo useful for a child to relate to the stories and learn from mistakes. Here are some ways that you can foster good study habits in your kids.
- School Diaries
Schools usually provide their pupils with school diaries. For a start, your child can use the diary to plan what they want to do at the different time slots. For example, if your child reaches home at 4pm, they can plan to complete their homework by 6pm, rest, have dinner, and then resume their daily revision/ reinforcement of different subjects in onehour blocks. Such schedules are meant to be as a guideline. Although it should be adhered to as closely as possible, your child can still exercise some degree of flexibility in scheduling.
- Time Management
Time is of the essence. It is imperative that time must be managed effectively for efficient allocation of time between studies and CCAs. Educate your child to plan their routine for the day. They can come up with a timetable and pin it up on a conspicuous area for easy reference. This can also be a form of early training to prepare their younger siblings in managing their own time. Alternatively, you can encourage the kids to learn about time management by helping them create their own calendar.
Discipline is important. The last thing we want is a child who is just sitting at their table, staring into the book, but with their mind wandering elsewhere. Speak with your child and get them to focus so they can do their work right once, and after the work is completed, check that they understand their work.
- Set Aside a Specific Area at Home for Studies
Creating an atmosphere that is conducive to teaching and learning is critical to success. We all know that there can be many distractions at home.
- Set Realistic Goals and Expectations
Many children are faced with the stress of juggling between their studies and CCAs. Setting too high an expectation will not help in managing their sanity in an already stressful environment. There are pros and cons in every country’s education system; the key is to adapt to the system.
- Parents’ Involvement
This is one of the most important things that your child can ask for. While most of us are busy working to bring home the bacon for the family, your child will feel more motivated when they know that you are taking an active interest in what and how they are doing in school. Set aside some time at night (even a mere 15 minutes will do) to speak about how they are doing in school, in their studies and CCAs, and constantly engage them.
It is always good for a child to know that no matter how tough things may get, their family will always be there to support them. What are your tips to engage your child in learning? Leave us a comment down below.