Developing healthy study habits in your children is not an easy task. Children often avoid learning because they find it uninteresting. No one likes to hunch over a pile of books and strain until their head hurts, and kids often forget what they’re trying to memorize when studying is tedious. Whether you are a parent, educator or other caregiver, you are aware of the difficulties associated with teaching children. If you’re not on top of your game, they quickly get distracted, tired, bored, and lose interest. Children learn best when they’re having fun, so it’s a good idea to try to make learning as enjoyable as possible for them. (Also read: Tips for parents: Here’s how parents can shape their children’s personalities )
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Angana Nandy, developmental psychologist and founder of Hopscotch Child Therapy, shared, “When it comes to studying, kids can be a handful. Learning to study can be a struggle for kids . Some of them are not motivated to do it, and some of them cannot concentrate for long periods of time. Parents are often frustrated because they feel that their child does not understand what they are trying to teach them. or they don’t have enough time to help their children with their homework.” It also suggests effective strategies and activities that parents can use to make studying fun for their children.
1. Create a learning environment
The best way to make studying fun for kids at home is by creating an environment that promotes learning. This includes having the right resources (such as books) and having a quiet place to study, away from distractions such as television or video games.
2. Plan ahead for fun learning activities
One of the most important things to do is to make sure your child knows what they will be studying. In this way, they will feel more curious to learn new things. Plan fun activities ahead of time so that when your child gets home from school, all they have to do is gather their things and start homework. Make sure you have enough time to do this before starting the activity so your child doesn’t feel rushed or pressured to start right away.
3. Make learning a game
Another strategy is to play games or activities that help your child learn better. This could be something as simple as playing games together or doing puzzles together. You could turn homework into a competition between you and your child. You can challenge each other to see who can finish the homework first or who can get the most points for successfully completing it. The key is not to make it too competitive that it starts to become stressful for your child.
4. Experiment with different ways of learning.
If your child has trouble remembering things, try making flashcards or taking notes by hand. If your child needs to learn new words, say them out loud in a fun way. Try to draw pictures and represent them for him or her. Find out what works best. Some children learn best by doing things step by step, while others need more open-ended activities that allow them to explore on their own terms. There is no right or wrong way; just find out what works best for your child.
5. Use narration
Make up stories about what they are learning. This is a great way to develop existing expressive and receptive language skills.
6. Give rewards
Rewards are always a good way to encourage good behavior in children. Praise them when they finish their work on time or you can even create a reward chart where each day has a specific task that must be completed before the end of study time. If completed, a small but significant reward is given to the child.
7. Set small tasks
Give your child small tasks that require concentration and focus. For example, if you want them to read textbooks, set a timer for 20 minutes and ask them to read one chapter at a time while listening to non-distracting music. When it comes to studying, encourage the use of paper and pencil rather than relying on technology.
8. Have fun with the process
Make studying fun for both you and your kids. Being too stressed about your child’s schoolwork will rarely help you achieve the desired result. A stress-free learning environment is most conducive to learning.
Studies show that students who enjoy the learning process perform better academically than those who dread it. Make it a fun process like reading a book in nature or playing sports outdoors while discussing math concepts related to your child’s favorite outdoor game.
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