Most parents encounter a phase in life when their child develops an aversion to learning or finds it problematic. Our primary task is to determine if our child needs assistance with learning or just support. While the approaches in both cases might be similar, our goals differ. Some children have an interest in learning but don’t know how to approach it. These children need help. On the other hand, those who know how to learn but lack the will, motivation, or find certain areas uninteresting require support.
What can you do?
We must understand that there are multiple channels of perception. Some people are visual types, some auditory, and some kinesthetic. If you notice your child reading aloud, they’re probably an auditory type. Such a child will benefit from learning through audio media. They can read and record content on a phone or tablet for playback. They can use text readers (like Bralko) or, if they’re into poetry, turn the content into songs, rhymes, or metaphors.
If your child uses colored notes, draws in their notebook, or uses lines and clouds, they’re likely a visual type. Such children need the material presented in an engaging visual way. Don’t be alarmed by sticky notes all over your child’s room; these children learn better in a colorful, dynamic environment.
The last type is the kinesthetic learner. These children will remember most of the material if you demonstrate it to them. Are you learning about Napoleon’s conquests? Wrap yourself in foil, ride a broom, and travel among their toys representing the cities Napoleon conquered. Include the child in this learning game for better retention.
Another crucial factor is the environment in which the child learns. It’s great if the environment remains consistent, reducing distractions. Some need silence and peace, while others prefer being surrounded by people or animals. Every individual has their learning style. If you prohibit music they find motivating, they might lose their motivation to study. If they need your presence while studying, be there for them.
Your child will find it harder to study if they’re hungry, too hot, cold, tired, or overly energetic. Regular physical activity aids in understanding and increases self-initiative. Nutrition is also essential, consisting of 60% carbohydrates necessary for brain function. Ensure a balanced diet and movement. Make sure your child isn’t too hot or cold.
What if the Child Wants to Avoid Studying?
The most crucial point is a calm, understanding, and reasoned conversation about their reasons for not wanting to study. Consider if your child might be right. Are they rejecting participation in a reading badge? Maybe they don’t like the book selection, or they don’t see the benefit in it. If a child refuses to study, discuss it with them, find out WHY. Never scold them if they don’t understand something!
Some Tricks for Easier Learning
Presenting learning as fun will generate more interest. Instead of playing “Don’t get angry, man,” play a quiz with cards containing the material your child is currently studying. Younger children can be encouraged by collecting points, especially if they’re competitive. Reward actions and desires, not just results.
If the child shows interest in a particular subject or topic, encourage them. Frequently praise them when they share something interesting from their favorite area. It’s recommended to praise their effort and interest, not just the result.
Remember to consider external influences. Your child will struggle to study if they’re hungry, too hot or cold, tired, or overly energetic. Regular physical activity and a balanced diet are essential. Ensure your child isn’t too hot or cold. If your child wants to avoid studying at all costs, the most crucial point is a calm, understanding, and reasoned conversation about their reasons.