All parents want their children to study hard. This is actually one of the things that make studying difficult for some children. A better phrasing would be to study well. This is a more positive perspective. At a young age, you have to instill the love for learning and the continuous yearning for knowledge in your children. You cannot achieve this by forcing a pencil in his tiny hands and making him write his name over and over for a stretch of time. You have to make studying and learning fun for your kids. It’s not supposed to be a burdensome task.
To develop the right study habits in children, you have to start with a few key ideas:
1. You need to have the right tools in the right place. Put his books, crayons, and activity sheets in a designated space. Invest in a study table for your child. You can start with the miniature colored tables and stools for your toddlers. As he grows, you might have to buy new furniture. If you have a home office, you can even have space for him so that you can “work” together.
2. You need to make studying a constant part of his routine. Consistency and regularity is an important part of developing study habits for children. Just like playtime and TV time, you have to set aside a regular study time every day. When you do this, he gets used to having a chunk of time sitting on his study table. As he starts schooling, he simply has to follow the same routine and review his lessons. You don’t even have to remind him anymore about what he’s supposed to do.
3. You need to make sure that he is having fun. Study time becomes such a chore when your child is not enjoying himself, when he feels stressed out, or when he feels pressured. Resist the urge to nag him about what he needs to do. Even more importantly, do not punish him for not getting perfect marks in his quizzes and schoolwork. Ask him about what interesting new things he learned at school. Be observant and you’ll pick cues on what he enjoys the most and what he needs help with. The best study habits for children are developed by making use of these observations rather than forcing your child to bury his nose into his textbooks.
Who wouldn’t want to see their kids seriously studying right? It has been every parent’s dream to see their children being serious in school. However, everyone knows that studying is quite tiring and only few people are willing to sacrifice their sleep and time for it. During your school days, you’ve been wishing for the week to end and almost cursing the arrival of Mondays.
Nevertheless, you continued studying until such time that you graduated. You were able to develop study habits and now that you already have kids, you would want them to do the same. As parents, it is our responsibility to teach them how to do it. Our guidance is of great influence and there is no other great motivation for students to study but to make their parents proud.
As early as kindergarten, set a certain time for your children to study and do their homework. As much as possible, be firm to your rules. Giving rewards is also effective as prizes are great motivators. Do not just let your children study on their own. In as much as you want to promote independence, your kids need guidance. Knowing that you have your parents to help you out is one of the reasons to study hard.
In helping them out in their homework, just make sure you aren’t spoon-feeding the answers. Let them solve the problems first before they turn to your help. In short, just guide them and do not do the homework for them, how will they learn if that’s the case.
Teach them to make a study calendar and let them schedule their long term assignments. These will teach them not to cram when the deadline approaches. Lastly, cheer them up whenever they would encounter difficult lessons and remind them that they can do it.
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We are lucky to have a smart daughter. I am glad that we have inculcated good study habits in her. But kids will always be kids. There are times she is not in the mood to study her lessons or make her assignments most especially when she sees her playmates wandering outside or she knows the computer is on. So to motivate her to study harder, we promised to buy her tablet if she will make it to the top ten of her class. A 32gb ipod touch would be great but she is just a kid so a local version would do (besides we have limited budget). Others may think it is bribery but it’s not. It is a reward for her hard work. It is our way of motivating our daughter to study which I think is alright as long we are not spoiling her.
As parents we need to work out with some tricks and motivation which would maintain our children’s enthusiasm to study but remember that every child is different and special. What works for my daughter might not work for your child. Just be patient in trying different tricks until you find the right one that will work for your child.