It’s that time again. The excitement of winter break and the holiday season is over, and your kids are back in school. How can they possibly sit still for six hours of the day to learn equations and pronouns when they so fondly remember last week when they were free to roam and play with their friends throughout the day. It is hard enough for adults to get back into the swing of things, and for kids it is no different, if not harder.
Parents and caregivers can play a big role in assisting their kids to get motivated through the semester. Teaching kids how to stay encouraged now will benefit them in the future when they become more independent and have to learn to self-motivate. Students who are unmotivated or inattentive are less likely to benefit from their curriculum. The following five tips can help you get your kid back into a positive school routine.
- Don’t limit learning to the classroom: What your child learns within the classroom is crucial to his/her intellectual progress, however simply asking about the things they learn at school and showing enthusiasm for school topics at home can generate a positive attitude toward learning.
- Celebrate all achievements: Positive reinforcement can inspire kids to want to learn and challenge themselves. Every triumph, no matter how small should be acknowledged. Achievements can mean anything from finishing a homework assignment to getting an A on a test and all can be rewarded with small special treats.
- Get Involved: Putting aside some time, even with a busy schedule, can be beneficial to a child’s commitment to work and the importance they put toward school. Helping him/her to organize papers and assignments or assisting with homework can take some stress off a kid’s shoulders, ensuring they aren’t overwhelmed.
- Be kind, yet firm: When you feel yourself becoming frustrated, recognize that your student likely is as well. Try giving your child a break to do something physical to work off the negative energy while recharging. Then settle right back in for more school work.
- It’s not your fault: Remember, a lack of motivation is not your fault so do not take it personally. Instead get to know your child well enough to figure out what drives him/her, and from there you can work on inspiring them.
Keeping kids motivated during the second half of the year is a difficult task, especially for younger kids. As a caregiver, being aware of this is the first step toward creating a better attitude about learning. With your help, your child will keep on track and continue a successful school year.