Wednesday 25 March 2020

How to motivate your kids to learn

Children who develop a love of learning at home are more likely to perform well in school and go on to have a successful future. So what can you do to motivate your kids to learn? Here are a few tips from Taunton School to help you raise a lifelong learner…

Family learning
Parents can motivate their kids to learn using fun family learning activities. Encourage your child to ask questions and turn your child’s curiosity into learning opportunities. For example, use a globe to answer questions about the planet. The more supported a child feels at home, the more effectively he or she will perform at school.

Learn outdoors
Help to develop a love of learning by teaching your children that learning can happen anywhere, not just in the classroom. This can be demonstrated by getting outdoors and observing the wildlife in your garden or at a local park.

Create a learning space
Make a special area within your home for your child to read, write, draw and craft. This should be somewhere quiet, with desk space and plenty of light. You could also add some crafting equipment, books and stationary to encourage their creativity.

Practice reading & writing
Support your child’s literacy skills by regularly reading and writing with them. Get into a routine of reading a bedtime story together or encourage them to keep a diary. There are many daily tasks that require reading and writing; look for opportunities where your child can help, such as reading a recipe or writing your shopping list.

Share knowledge
Try to encourage a passion for learning and talk together as a family about what you have learnt each day at work or school. This will motivate your child to learn more interesting facts to share with you at home.

Keep a positive attitude
Finally, always show encouragement towards learning and keep a positive attitude when discussing school. This is particularly important if your child seems unhappy at school or finds the work hard. It is also important to praise your child’s achievements to help boost their confidence.

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