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How to Make a Child Interested in School

By Lisa Mooney ; Updated June 13, 2017

Most parents believe education should be a top priority for their children. Some kids, however, find school boring and too much of a chore. Unmotivated children find it difficult to do well in school, and this is very distressing for their parents. The key to obtaining a good education for your child is making him interested in learning. When a kid has his imagination captured, he can achieve great things in academics.

Communicate with your child. Ask her for details about school and help her pinpoint what is causing her not to be interested. It may take several conversations and will require active listening on your part to discover if there are issues that are causing her to disconnect from her academic environment.

Schedule a conference with your child's teacher. Find out what his perception of your child's academic experience is and how he thinks your child is performing. Have him identify any issues he believes are present. Also, ask him for ideas as to how to get your child more interested in school.

Visit your child's classroom frequently. Be a volunteer and find out exactly how your child spends the school day. Your presence will likely spark your child's interest. If you do find the environment uninspiring, speak with your child's principal about your concerns. It may even be necessary to get your child transferred to a different class if the present one is not a good fit.

Speak positively to your child about school. Don't let yourself get negative along with your child, but instead model hopefulness about his educational environment. Let your child know he must go to school and do his homework, even if he is not particularly interested at the time. Encourage him by explaining that nothing stays the same, and he will likely feel different about school in the future.

Praise your child for all her academic efforts. Always note how proud you are of her when she makes a good grade or puts forth a special effort. Be consistent and let her know you support and celebrate her persistence in her academic environment.

Show your child you are interested in his homework. Review all assignments before he begins and offer to help him out if he gets stuck, but do not do the work for him. Look over his work after he completes it, and talk with him about it in a positive manner. Your interest will rub off on him.

Tips

Offer incentives for academic efforts to increase your child's motivation to do well in school. The better he does, the more likely he is to be interested in and enjoy the academic environment.

Warnings

Have your child assessed by an education specialist if her grades are poor or she is behaving inappropriately in the classroom. An unrecognized learning disability can greatly decrease a child's interest in school.

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