Every parent wants their child to do well at school, but they also know it isn’t all about what they learn. Instead, it is how much they enjoy their time in the classroom. Even children who aren’t considered traditionally academic can still excel at school because they’re having fun. A lot of kids believe it’s impossible to have fun at school, but that isn’t the case. So, how can parents encourage their children to enjoy school? Here are four great ideas to try.
Set Up Reward Systems
If your child reacts positively to reward systems at school, you can do the same at home. This is a fantastic way to encourage them to do their homework or finish projects on time by proving the value of hard work.
Parents also have more freedom with reward systems. As it’s your child, you can treat them to things their teachers could never justify. If they want a new game, book, or day out, you can provide it, but only if they put the effort in and get the scores they should achieve.
A child’s school experience is often made by the friends they meet. These could be the same kids they’ve gone through pre-school and reception with or new kids who they meet on their first day in a new class. Everyone knows that school friendships are so important, but some kids are shy and reserved. They can struggle to make friends or to put themselves out there.
Parents can encourage friendships by setting up playdates or even talking to teachers to ask whether it’s possible to adjust seating arrangements to sit them closer to people they might get along with. Your child will still need to put the effort in, but this will break down the initial barrier.
Show Interest In Their Work
Parents who show interest in their child’s work can help them feel more passionate about their education. When you discuss homework with them, you encourage your children to get more excited, and you can even take some homework further by introducing them to other sources that their teacher might not cover. This could be books, games or movies, and it helps your child learn more than surface-level facts.
Speak to Their Teacher
If your child still struggles to enjoy school but seems like they have the potential to have fun while learning, parents can speak to their teacher to gauge what they could do. As you never see them in the classroom, you may be at a loss for what could happen.
Teachers and other faculty members may have noticed certain things that you have not. It could be behavioural issues or problems focusing. If this is the case, it could be a sign of learning conditions and they can recommend options that include ABA therapy services, ADHD evaluations or eye tests.
Your child’s school experience can help set them up for a lifetime of success, whether they find a passion for learning in the classroom or in practical settings. Encouraging them to have fun (but not too much fun) is ideal for ensuring they make the most of their time at school, and they will make friends and learn skills that will follow them through life.