4 Ways to Help Your Kids Love School9 February 2018
Sometimes, making children appreciate the benefits of going to school and learning is not easy. Many kids prefer to play with their friends instead of being in the classroom all day and listening to the teacher’s explanations. Here are a few tips to help the kids fall in love with school.
1 – Reward their efforts
Accomplishing a task is always more interesting when one feels encouraged. Encouragement and positive reinforcement work very well with children, which is why you should motivate them to put in effort and show them how proud you are of their academic achievements. For example, frame and display their diplomas and certificates, give them rewards for excelling at exams, and allow them something special when they complete their homework, etc. This way, the kids will feel encouraged and motivated to do their best, knowing that a reward awaits in the end.
2 – Do not compare them negatively to others
As you don’t want to discourage them, avoid comparing kids to others that are doing better at something. Developing the kids’ competitive spirit is important (through sports, for example), but don’t overdo it through negative comparisons, otherwise they will feel that what they do is never good enough and stop putting in effort. Remember that children develop at their own pace – be proud of what your kids can do and focus on their work and not that of others.
3 – Help them enjoy the benefits of schooling
In order to do well at something, your children need to understand the concept of putting in effort and challenging oneself, which will help them develop a sense of pride. This way, when they take classes and get good grades, they will be able to have genuine interest in that and feel the benefit to themselves.
The benefit lies in the simple pride in one’s success and also in understanding the value of going to school for the long term. Encourage them to persevere by mentioning how someone they admire went to school before becoming successful in their field.
4 – Register them in activities they like
Another way to ensure that they want to go to school every day is to register them in things that they enjoy, such as optional courses (visual arts or drama, for example) or extracurricular activities such as sports. The knowledge that during the day they will have a chance to engage in one of their passions will make the kids want to get up in the morning and head to school.