Good students aren’t born; they’re made. If you’re a parent or teacher to preschool children, don’t expect them to be stellar students right off the bat. If you’ve set your expectations high—you’ll probably be disappointed to know that it doesn’t work that way.
Yes, a child’s individuality and personality play a huge role in his/her willingness to learn when it comes to schooling and education. But the good news is that your child can become a good learner if he or she possesses the right aptitude and motivation. However, it’s worth mentioning that if you want to develop and nurture a child’s motivation, desire, and ability to learn, you should extend beyond the limitations of the classroom.
The following strategies will motivate preschoolers to learn better and rediscover the joy of learning.
10 Ways to Motivate Your Preschool Children To Learn Better
- Develop your child’s inner passion for reading
Saying reading is the key to success is an understatement. Children who read a lot, love reading, and developed a passion for reading will develop a love for learning than kids who struggle with reading. Reading helps children build their vocabulary and communication abilities. Furthermore, it enhances their brains to process concepts and learn technical subjects such as math and science, among others. Therefore, it is imperative for parents and teachers alike to help preschool children develop their reading skills, make reading fun, and, most importantly, develop their love for reading.
2. Give children control to their learning
One of the significant mistakes in formal schooling and education is children aren’t allowed to control the way they learn. When a child feels controlled, they find learning a chore, and frustrating. It’s is vital that kids are guided through their learning process, but it is just as essential to empower children to control their own learning experience, whether in the classroom or at home.
3. Allow your child to express opinions and talk about their feelings
Teachers and parents should encourage students to express their opinions about their schooling and education. Ensure that you create an open and comfortable atmosphere where they can comfortably express their likes, dislikes, and what makes them anxious or concerned about their learning process. If children find out—and believe me, they’ll eventually—that their opinions and feelings aren’t taken seriously, they’re most likely to disengage from learning.
4. Emphasize your child’s interests
When children discover a subject or a topic of interest, the learning process becomes fun and engaging. If you want your preschool children to become good learners and increase their motivation to learn—encourage them to explore the subjects that intrigue them. For example, if he likes horses, tell him stories about horses, horse riding, or great facts about horses, and so on.
5. Encourage children to different types of learning styles
Every child has his or her learning preferences and styles that work best for him or her. Every child has their way of learning, and it may be a single style or a combination of various learning styles. Therefore, it’s essential for tutors and parents alike to discover his preferred learning styles or techniques to improve his learning and learning quality.
6. Highlight your enthusiasm and passion for learning
If your child or student finds that you’re passionate about learning, they too are likely to develop enthusiasm about learning. If you’re interested in history, don’t hide it, instead take it an opportunity to convey to your child what makes history or discovering new information about a subject or topic makes you feel excited. Sharing your enthusiasm about something will encourage him to learn and discover new things as well.
7. Deploy game-based learning techniques
Game-based learning is proven and advantageous for many children. Using game-based learning techniques as an education tool helps students with the development of their learning process and non-cognitive skills—it also increases their motivation to learn and learn better.
8. Focus on learning, not performance
Refrain from asking your child how well he did on his tests. Instead, it is way more encouraging to ask him what he learned in school. Yes, good performance is necessary, but focusing on his performance, will make him understand that learning new things is more important than grades. It will make him more focused on learning, and tests will give him a chance to showcase what he’s learned.
9. Help keep your child organized
Frustrated and worried children often have little enthusiasm for learning. Encouraging your child to be organized with his studying schedule, homework, books, and assignments will motivate him to learn. Disorganization is typical in preschool children, and not doing about it can make them feel overwhelmed and frustrated.
10. Focus on their strengths, and acknowledge their achievements
Every child will struggle academically at some point, and in situations like these, it is crucial that you focus on your child’s strengths. Concentrate on your child’s strengths will help him with his academic and emotional development, which will pay the way for positive reinforcement motivating him to keep learning. Additionally, it is essential to acknowledge and celebrate your children’s achievements, especially if they’re in elementary schools. For instance, you can take your child on a trip to the zoo if he performed well in his math test. Exposing your child’s weaknesses will only add to his discouragement, worries and impede his desire to learn.
There you have it! We hope the strategies and tips in this article we highlighted will help your child do well at school and help them learn better.