How to Motivate Your Child to Want to Learn: 5 Steps
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Learning takes many forms.


Many children equate learning with going to school and doing homework. It doesn't have to be that way. Learning can be a fun experience that takes place not only at school but also at home and even on vacation. While grades and performance at school are important, try to put your daily focus on the learning aspect as well. Asking your child, "What did you learn in school today?" puts the emphasis on knowledge rather than on the grades.

Steps

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    Make books a part of everyday life. Opportunities for learning are always around and you can use books to take advantage of them. Use the library to find books about everyday things and events you want to share with your child. For example, if there's a new baby coming, get a book about babies so your child can learn more about it. Or, borrow books about building a house, gardening or the change of seasons. Then read the books together or discuss the information they contain.
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    Let your child choose what he wants to learn about. If you're trying to foster the love of learning, you'll have more success if he can learn about something that truly interests him. Once he discovers the love of learning, he might be more open to learning about more difficult --or less fun-- topics. At the beginning, let him explore his favorite topics, whether that's dinosaurs, cars or bugs.
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    Make learning interactive. Find a children's museum nearby and take your child there so he can learn by touching and experimenting, rather than just reading about everything in a book. Adult museums, botanical gardens and other outings can serve as fun learning opportunities. Focus on learning fun facts while you're out but don't make the day feel like a lesson. Instead, encourage your child to ask questions and have fun learning.
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    Let your child know that you're having fun learning. Whether you're taking a class, reading a book or teaching yourself how to knit, share the joy of learning something new with your child. The more opportunities a child has to see learning as something fun, the more he'll be interested in it.
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    Encourage your child to enroll in an after-school activity that promotes learning. Sports and other active pursuits are great, but also ask your child if there's something he wants to learn. You might be surprised to know he'd like to try his hand at painting or photography. Allowing your child to make choices--within reasonable limits--when it comes to his own learning will reinforce the idea that learning can be fun.

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