With the beginning of the new school year, in many homes there will be discussions with the children when it comes to doing their homework, starting to study, with the arrival of grades, after tutorials with teachers, etc. And it is that, any father or mother would be interested in their children having an interest in studying , learning and, ultimately, that they begin to worry about their future soon. Many parents wonder how they can encourage their children’s interest in studies. Below we propose a series of tips so that the little ones begin to show interest independently for everything related to school and studying:
[quote] We must convey the idea of school as something positive and motivating [/ quotei] First of all, it is essential that children are clear about the importance of going to school from a very young age. From the beginning, parents must show the child the school as something motivating, where they can learn many things, in addition to making friends and having a good time. We ourselves, from home, must highlight the school from its beginnings as something positive and not as something boring, focused solely on studying or as something merely mandatory (although in fact it is). Highlighting all the good things that school can report to children will make them see it as something motivating and even fun from a very young age. If we compare their classes at school with our jobs, we make them miss class for any reason or we do not show interest in their experiences and their learning , we will not be helping the children themselves show interest in everything related to school.
Throughout different topics we have been insisting on the importance of implementing a series of routines as a way to establish healthy habits in our children: routines for bedtime, routines at meal times, etc. Once again, also in the field of studies, routines are basic.
ESTABLISH ROUTINES, ORGANIZE AND COMBINE IT WITH REST
Since they begin to have homework, it is essential that a series of schedules are established to carry out those school duties and to study. Today it is common for children to attend one or more extracurricular activities. Although it is true that these are important, we must prioritize the acquisition of basic knowledge by children and, above all, that they are sufficiently rested to be able to learn at school in a normal way. That is why it is not convenient to saturate them with extracurricular activities, but rather that children should have the necessary time to be able to do their homework, rest and spend time with the family.
Once these extracurricular activities have been marked, it is important that children have a schedule and a series of routines in place when it comes to doing homework or studying for tests. Young children, and not so young, should have the appropriate rest times for their age. That is why it is not convenient to do homework just before going to bed, when they are already tired and not very receptive to learning. It is recommended that they have some time to rest, have a snack or do some activity before doing the tasks they have for home, but without the day coming to an end without these tasks being ready for the next day.
If you have homework for the weekend, as long as possible, we will try to get it done in one day, for example throughout Saturday, so that you have Sunday free to rest, play and spend time with your family .
Establishing clear schedules and routines will help children see everything related to school as organized, easy to solve and that allows them to do other things as well. All this will increase your interest in learning in a healthy and increasingly autonomous way.
TAKE AN INTEREST IN YOUR LEARNING
Something that is also very important to foster children’s interest in school and in their studies is to show ourselves interest in everything related to their learning.
To do this, we must set aside time every day to ask the children about their day at school, so that they can tell us what they have learned, what they have played with their classmates or if a problem has arisen between them. It is not about questioning them, but about showing interest and giving them a space for them to tell us about their things. Of course, according to the different ages they will be more or less open to tell us according to what things, but it is good that from the beginning of schooling we get used to having these moments of confidences with our children.
WE MUST ALWAYS VALUE THEIR TRIUMPHS, NO MATTER HOW SMALL
We must not forget that behind them there is an effort on their part. If we don’t show joy and pride in them, they themselves will downplay them in the future and stop pursuing them. It is not about always rewarding your successes with something material. It is much more valuable to reinforce and praise everything they do well in school. This will undoubtedly motivate them to learn whatever lies ahead.
When things go wrong, we should not get angry at the first change. We must be very sensitive when it comes to distinguishing when our children have had a failure in grades due to neglect and lack of effort or if it has been due to some kind of difficulty. In the first case, we must sanction their behavior, making it clear that the effort is necessary.
However, without any type of learning difficulty arising, we must jointly seek the cause, relying on teachers and seeking external support if necessary. We should not harass or blame children if learning suddenly becomes difficult . This will only increase their frustration and rejection of school, which can lead to school failures or behavior problems in the future.
Ultimately, as in so many other things, we must be aware of our importance as role models for our children. It is essential that children at home see the importance of learning different things and showing interest in their surroundings and their future. It is in our hands to make our children curious and awake about the world around them and that from the beginning they see school as an opportunity to learn and grow as people.