Handling kids can be a task on its own and you need to have a whole lot of patience just to reason with them when it comes to making them learn anything. Every child has their own personality that makes them responds differently, so you need to figure out the various ways to engage them into learning or studying. As they grow older, they also need to realize that not every time can be play time and that learning is an important part of their daily life.
Here are 5 surefire ways that will make your kids love study time:
1. Reward them
For younger kids, it is often the bribery of snacks or treats that keeps them motivated to do anything. Promise them that they will get a piece of candy or chocolate or extra dessert if they do the homework on time. This approach however, is not good for the long term, as they will grow out of it but it kick starts their motivation to learn anything. Rewarding them could be anything from taking them to another kid’s birthday party, the water park, to their favorite ice cream shop or an extra half hour cartoon time. It will always make them look forward to study time.
2. Make it fun
Never scold your children for not learning something properly. They will associate study time with you being angry at them and they will try their best to escape it. Make their study time fun and engaging. Use props or songs if you have to and always keep your cool if they don’t understand anything.
3. Compliment them
Always compliment your child for every correct answer they give. Even if it is wrong, you should compliment the child for the effort made. This will motivate the kids and make them realize that finding solutions to problems rewards them in life. It will build their confidence and self-esteem in the process as well.
4. Encourage them to ask questions
Never let a child feel ashamed of asking questions because no question is a silly question. They are at a stage in life where everything is new and overwhelming, therefore you need to satisfy their curiosity by answering questions.
In order for them to be interested in reading and learning, you need to make it a habit to read to them every day. They can be stories from their story books or chapters from their textbooks. They have wild imaginations and so they will always love listening to you read and develop a fascination for reading and learning as well.
These are the 5 core strategies that you need to include so that both learning and teaching are enjoyable for you both. If you are a teacher at a pre-school or kindergarten, these tips can be incorporated into your teaching style as well.