Children are not born with an innate drive to learn and succeed; this is something that parents have to promote within their homes. In fact, parents play a vital role in the academic success, or failure, of their children. It’s not an easy pursuit, which is why I have teamed up with a primary school in Gerrards Cross to offer some guidance.
*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post*
One of the simplest ways to promote a love of learning within your home is to make it an enjoyable experience for your child. There are many ways to do this, one of which being to incorporate lots of educational games and activities in your daily routine. Even jigsaw puzzles are great, believe it or not, because they help your child with concentration and problem-solving skills. Learning through play is a sure-fire way to motivate your kids, and they might not even realise it.
Essentially, the trick is to find opportunities to learn in everything you do. If you take a walk through the park, for instance, you should talk to your child about the different aspects of nature. Point out the wildlife and see if your youngster can name the birds or trees they see. When you go shopping, let your child calculate how much money you’ll need to pay for the items. Simple things like this will help your child with their numeracy skills, but will also provide them with a sense of responsibility which will improve their confidence.
Reading is another beneficial and enjoyable learning tool for children, so maybe you could take a trip to the library or order some books online. Let your child choose (if they’re old enough) and encourage them to talk to you about the story once they’ve finished reading. Ask them to use lots of descriptive words when explaining what the book was about, and what they liked or disliked about it.
As you can see, there are lots of ways to make learning fun for your child so that they become more motivated; the above ideas merely scratch the surface. The best thing you can do is lead by example and demonstrate a positive attitude when it comes to learning.