For most of us, the school year has just begun, and with the wave of new information our kids receive, comes a paramount work of keeping them excited and motivated to do their best. However, as almost every parent will know, this is not an easy task, especially when our children are not particularly fond of change and school. Therefore, we decided to gather some useful yet simple tips to boost our children’s back to school motivation, helping them and ourselves to face this transition as smoothly and effectively as possible.
More often than we think, kids who just can’t seem to enjoy school or any academic activity lack the right perception towards schooling. This means that, no matter how many times they hear about it, they don’t see the purpose of education. Therefore, our job as parents is to show them the value of going to school and learning about new subjects every day. This is best achieved by helping them understand how their lessons relate to our everyday life and highlight this relation everywhere and every time we have the chance to.
One important part of education nowadays is technological literacy, which is becoming the center of most educational programs. Therefore, we need to let our kids play with technology and become comfortable when using different types of gadgets, for both educational and entertainment purposes. This will have a huge impact on their school performance, as it might help them cover their lessons more easily. We know that this might not be as easy as it sounds, especially if we are not that good with technology ourselves. However, we can take this as an opportunity to bond with our kids and learn how to use different gadgets, too.
We know that motivating our kids to develop the habit of reading might not be the easiest task, but showing them the wonders of this amazing hobby will help them become interested in learning about new topics while offering entertainment and fun at the same time. In order to keep our kids motivated to go back to school, we should remember to expose them to a wider range of reading material. If they are used to the same kind of literature, they might grow tired and bored of reading the same again and again. Instead, take them to a bookstore and help them choose something they like and will enjoy. The skills and habit of reading at home will end up improving their mood to learning in more academic settings, preparing them to take on this new school year.
Last but not least, we should help our kids develop a global perception of learning, showing them that everything they learn inside the classroom relates to the outside world. The best way to teach our kids how to grow a global learning mindset is by traveling with them, going to trips as often as we can. Now, this might seem hard for those who have a tight schedule. However, finding the time to visit a nearby natural attraction can be a great way to reinforce their knowledge of geography and history, for example. Trying to plan a trip every weekend can be exhausting, and if this sounds simply impossible for us, planning a monthly trip should be enough for our kids to realize how learning can happen anytime, anywhere.