Almost every child is going to dread school at some point in their life. For some children this may pass after the first day of a new year or as they grow older, but others seem to show distaste no matter how old they get. If you have had difficulty getting your child excited about school, then you should remember that you are not alone. Here is a look at four tips that you can use to ignite your child’s passion for school as well as learning in general.
It is an unfortunate fact that many children loathe school simply because of the classes that they are enrolled in. While it is vital that every child builds a strong foundation in core subjects such as math and history, parents should also go out of their way to ensure that their child has some subject or school activities that they look forward to everyday. If your child’s school does not offer electives and there are limited options for school activities, then you may want to look for after school programs that can be included in their learning experience. There are more options than ever for young children that want to learn computer programming, robotics, new languages, woodworking, dance styles, new instruments, and practically anything else imaginable.
Most children thrive in a well-structured environment. While this does not mean that they must have their days planned out to the minute, they shouldn’t stay glued to the television or their phone during long breaks as transitioning back to school will be a serious shock. Instead of going to the extreme in either direction, parent should plan out a few fun activities as well as a few educational activities to keep their children stimulated. Summer programs for children can be extremely affordable and will maintain some sort of structure in your child’s life.
Everyone loves a good compliment, and this includes children that are struggling with their schoolwork. If a child’s only reason for learning is a fear of being punished, then they will quickly settle for the absolute minimum amount of work they need to keep parents and teachers happy. Instead, parents need to cast learning in a positive light, and one of the best ways to do this is to compliment them as often as possible. This is especially important when children are successful in a subject or area that has been challenging them recently. Some parents may want to actually reward their child for accomplishments in school, but it is important that these rewards do not devolve into some form of bribery.
Children that develop close friendships with schoolmates are much more likely to be excited about their education. Having an ally nearby means that they will have emotional support and will continue to develop the social skills that are so important at a younger age. For children that are in their first few years of school, setting up play dates is a great way for them to get excited about school because they know that their friends will be there. During longer breaks, you can speak with other parents to see if there are any programs or camps that the children will enjoy together.
These four ideas are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to getting your child excited about school. All parents should remember that it is important to instill a sense of curiosity and confidence as early as possible in order to make the transition into formal education stress-free.
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