Many parents complain that their child doesn’t study. However, research shows that rather than trying to force children to study, it is better for parents to act as role model and focus on encouraging their child to study on their own. In this article, we will introduce some actions parents can take to influence their child’s study habits.
Studying usually requires children to read and understand text books, reference books and workbooks so it is important that children become used to written text. Being able to read and understand written text requires concentration and reading skills that cannot be gained by watching TV and videos.
Seeing that their parents enjoy reading will encourage children to learn to read on their own. If reading text is part of their daily life they are less likely to feel negatively about reading. It is important that parents not only read to their children and buy them books but also act as a role model and read books and the newspaper in front of them.
Children are curious monsters. Between the ages of 2 and 5 years old, children show interest in the world around them and ask lots of questions about what they see and hear. Although it may be annoying for parents to receive so many questions, it is important that they encourage their child’s curiosity and answer their questions politely. If parents answer “I don’t know” or “why don’t you look it up in a book” then children will feel that their parents are trying to get rid of them which may lead to a break in the parent-child relationship. It is important that parents show interest in and encourage their child’s curiosity.
Experience-based learning is often effective in catching children’s attention. For example, if you travel as a family, it is a good idea to try to experience the culture, history and natural environment in the area as a family.
Once a child shows interest in a certain topic, it is possible that they will show interest in the broader topic as well. For example, children who are interested in stars may also show an interest in the history of people and stars, the weather and the earth and even space exploration if they are given the opportunity to explore these topics. This will make it easy to relate their interests to science, math and social studies.
Participating in early childhood classes that encourage children to have different experiences will help spark your child’s interests and curiosity and want them want to learn new things.
Younger elementary school students can often study in the living room before dinner. However, once your child moves into the upper grades, he/she may come later and the time may coincide with the time when other family members gather in the living room and eat dinner. If it is difficult for them to go into their own room it is important for parents to turn off the TV and create a study environment where they can concentrate.
If they have a study room, make sure it is well-lit and has a book case. It is the parents’ responsibility to prepare the appropriate study environment for their child.
Research shows that children whose parents spoke with them about the future have longer studying hours. Especially with children older than 4th grade, children who spoke about the future spent 20 minutes to 30 minutes longer studying than their counterparts who did not speak about the future with their parents.
This is because talking about one’s future and career path is often closely linked to the importance of studying.
When parents show interest in their children’s studies and encourage their curiosity, it positively affects their study time. Let’s try to encourage our children to study and act as a role model instead of always commanding them to study.