Part of smart parenting is raising independent learners. It may be indeed the challenge of the new millennium. Helping kids learn to be critical thinkers, analytical, and self-motivated are key factors not only in future academic success but also in life.
Kids are never too young to teach them how to study on their own, from preschool to grade school, or even high school. Giving them some level of independence that is age-appropriate is important to build good study habits. Here are some ways you can do that:
Let him play first.
A relaxed mind can absorb knowledge better. Play detangles our brains from jumbled thoughts and clears it to take in new information. Kids think faster and easier after playtime, especially for preschoolers and young grade schoolers.
Set up a routine.
The foundation of any good habit is routine and schedule. Set up his very own study area and post a schedule of his playtime, study time, eating time, bath time, and bedtime. That way, your child will always be aware of what he needs to do next. In time, he will get used to the routine and will carry this through adulthood. It’s a good way of instilling discipline and encourages self-motivation.
Help him discover his own style of studying.
Another good way to teach your child to study on his own is to help him discover the best way he learns. As his first teacher, you can experiment with various methods of teaching: through visuals, through auditory learning, or through play or kinesthetics. Observe how he learns better, then encourage him to follow the method that best suits him. So every time he studies or does homework, he can easily get through his lessons more effectively.
Give him some breathing space and celebrate the little wins. Each time he finishes a task or one of his homework, let him take a break for a quick bite or just to get some air. This motivates him to move on to the next task and finish up study time.
Trust the process. Praise the effort.
Just like any habit-forming activity, it takes effort and dedication. So praise the effort of your child regardless of his progress. This will motivate him to persevere even more and later on become independent when it comes to tackling schoolwork. It may be hard at first, and even frustrating. But trust the process. All good things take time.
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