There are countless things that you can do to help your child even if they do not appear to want to learn.
Aside from staying involved, guiding with a positive attitude and helping to develop a routine and expectations, you can also take extra steps to spark your child’s interest.
- Play with them
- Visit local museums
- Go on nature walks, exploring a different topic each time
- Make a weekly trip to the library and help them find books on subjects that interest them
- Encourage creativity by setting aside a time each week for painting, drawing, making stories or doing crafts
- Consider music or dance lessons
- Encourage physical activity. Exercise improves brain function and may help get rid of some of that extra energy kids have that can make sitting down to homework difficult
Avoid behaviors that will put a negative or stressful connotation on school and learning, such as bribing, threatening, focusing on grades instead of what is being learned and being too critical.
It will not happen overnight, but with patience and effort, you can encourage a child to want to learn even if they may appear lazy or disinterested. If you are having trouble, talk to your child’s teacher about ideas and ways to encourage motivation.
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Kim & Oliver