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How to Ignite Your Child’s Interest in Learning

by SimplyFun

Erase the boredom and spark your child’s interest in learning.

It’s not unusual for a child to either lose their interest or not be interested in learning at all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ignite that interest.

It’s always the perfect time to start getting your child excited to learn. With the right methods, your child will be eager to absorb knowledge and try out new skills.

The more time you spend igniting a child’s interest now, the easier it’ll be for them to learn as they get older.

Uncover Their Interests

Children of all ages and even adults learn better when the topic is something they’re interested in. For instance, a kid that loves basketball would learn math better if basketball and math were tied together versus just trying to get a child to memorize math concepts via flashcards or a book.

The first step to igniting a passion for learning is to tie education to something the child already loves. If they have a favorite cartoon character, educational games involving the character gets them excited and they’ll have so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re learning.

Make Learning Less Obvious

Structured learning is necessary sometimes, but it can also be extremely boring. Interactive or playful learning works much better. For instance, adults attending iPadpalooza didn’t exactly pay attention to dull lectures, but they learned about technology concepts through a fun race filled with playful challenges.

The same approach works for children. For instance, teach them reading skills by playing a game together that involves reading silly jokes off a card or ask them to read you a bedtime story instead of you reading to them.

Eliminate Consequences

Sometimes children, especially school-aged children, lose their interest in learning because every mistake seems to lead to lasting consequences or feedback comes too late to make a difference. With free play and games, mistakes don’t matter. Instead, they’re learning opportunities. A child feels safe learning and wants to try again to do better.

As children build confidence through play-based learning, they retain their interest in learning in other ways as well.

Focus On Having Fun

Learning should be fun. Ignite your child’s interest in learning this year by focusing on letting a child learn naturally through games, free play and their natural interests. Don’t try to force the issue. Your child will learn, but they’ll be more interested if they enjoy the process.