Australian kids are more than halfway through the school term, and it's likely that most of them are already tired and stressed over homework and revising for exams. According to a recent survey, over 30 percent of students said that their homework workload is their biggest source of stress, while more than 25 percent said that tests like NAPLAN are causing them anxiety in school.
Being worried over grades and performance can cause a child to lose interest in their school work. This is why parents should take active steps to ensure that their kids stay engaged during the school year, and have a love for learning that goes beyond the classroom.
Here are some simple yet effective ways to keep kids interested in learning.
Find videos to awaken curiosity
Most children cite information overload as one of their reasons for disliking school. Reading too many books, handouts, or online modules can contribute to mental fatigue, which can make kids less receptive to learning.
You can find videos to awaken their curiosity, shake up their study routine and introduce a fresh way to learn, According to a recent study, most children between the ages of three and eight think that watching YouTube videos is better for learning than other types of media. This is why you should take time to find some interesting, age-appropriate videos on the platform that can help your child to have a firm grasp of the lessons that they're learning in school.
For instance, if your child is learning about the solar system, let them watch the Solar System 101 video from the National Geographic YouTube channel.
If they're learning how to sew, let them watch DIY or sewing tutorial videos. Just make sure to monitor their gadget use so they won't be tempted to watch non-educational videos during study time.
Help them develop a love for reading
Children who love to read develop a love for learning. So encourage your little one to read during their spare time. Don't limit their reading materials to school books and the classics - reading age-appropriate magazines and comics can also help children develop a richer vocabulary, and it helps a child's brain to process concepts.
Encourage reading by creating a reading nook in your home. Your setup can be as simple as a soft and comfy armchair by the window and a movable cart filled with reading materials. Or it can be as elaborate as a complete home library with floor-to-ceiling shelves and special lighting. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to provide your child with lots of books and magazines, and join them once in a while and have a good read while sitting beside them.
Consider your child's interests
Children are more interested to learn if the subject is in line with their interests. For instance, if your child loves to cook, get them a few cookbooks, let them do some hands-on cooking, and watch a few cooking videos together.
If your child loves pop music, then perhaps enrolling them in a musical course or encouraging them to write songs may fuel their interest to pursue their craft. Allowing them to learn more about the things that they love will make learning more enjoyable and less of a chore.
A child's willingness to learn lessons and new skills can help their social and academic growth. Consider these tips to keep your child interested in learning, which can lead to their success and overall development.