This post shares a few ways that you can motivate your child to learn. We’ve all been there when your child doesn’t want to go to school, comes home from school and tells you they hate school or that it’s boring. Or they might enjoy school, but mainly for the social side of the school and getting them to pay attention to their school work is difficult.
Disclaimer | This is a collaborative guest post that I’ve added my thoughts and opinions to.
The best thing to do is to get your child to want to learn. The trick is to motivate your child to learn, to get them to want to learn. Motivation helps children to stay engaged and retain more information while at school. It gives them a reason to work hard and complete all work assigned. We have teamed up with a middle school in Herefordshire to share how you can motivate your child to learn.
5 Ways To Motivate Your Child To Learn
Let’s share 5 ways to motivate your child to learn, to really get them to want to learn whatever it is; English, football, piano, or RE.
Explore Their Interests
Finding out what your child is interested in can help you reframe your teaching to help them understand new content and take an interest in their work. If this happens to be football, you can add it into word problems in maths or explore how important good English skills are for a rapper.
Finding a Goal or Career
Goals can give your child a clear sense of direction and re-affirm why their studies are so important. To motivate your child to learn, you can discuss what different careers involve and talk to your child about what they want to be when they grow up from an early age.
Admittedly, most of us have gone through several before finding our ultimate dream job. However, this process is no less important as it can help your child get prepared for the future and help them to make their discoveries along the way.
Find the Learning Style that Works for Them
Delivery plays a huge role in retaining information and enjoying a subject. To ensure that your child is getting the most out of their education, you can do an online personality test to find out exactly their learning style. The main three learning styles are kinaesthetic, visual and auditory.
Acknowledgement can help your child to stay motivated by making their work and efforts feel valued. You can do this by introducing a reward system or just by using words of praise.
Sometimes children can be motivated by the extra one-on-one attention they get from a parent on a specific subject. My girls love to get daddy to help them with maths (it’s his thing), and they only ask me for help with their English and writing. So look to see what your strengths are and then see how they can help motivate your child to learn about that specific subject.
Pay Interest in Their Work
Research shows that playing an active role in your child’s education can help them stay motivated to learn and help them achieve more during their time at school. This might be asking your child questions about what they’re doing at school or helping them with their homework.
These 5 ways to motivate your child to learn are not the only ones you should employ. However, the fundamental trick here is to find what hooks your child in, what is it they love that motivates them in general, and then apply that to their learning? Good luck with this; it can be difficult at first but worth the investment in the end.