If you’re home schooling your child, and you notice there’s one subject they don’t like as much as the others, you can start to worry about their progress in it. You can worry they hate having to get on with it, and how that might affect their success in this area of their education. After all, kids tend to simply shut down and turn away from what makes them unhappy or bored!
But before you let these worries get to you, sit down with your child and discuss how they feel about the subject in particular. And once you’ve done that, you can move onto making their education feel more fun overall! Here are some ideas to help you do that.
Take Off the Pressure
Kids can feel a lot of pressure from the school system – even when they’re being taught at home, there’s a lot of onus on the need to do well. And sometimes that can be too much! Sure, a little bit of stress is good for maintaining the importance of grades and progress, but some kids just don’t thrive under this idea.
So try to take off the pressure a little. Remind them it’s OK to fail at things, and there’s a lot to learn from failures. Remind them they always have another chance to do something better, or that their best is always enough. Some subjects are just too much for kids, and even when you put support systems in place, they’re still going to naturally excel elsewhere.
Play a Game
Games are a great way to get your kids more involved, especially with a subject they typically think of as being boring or not worth it. Because when something is a game, it’s innately fun, and it has an element of competition to it. And kids are the most competitive people in the world!
Of course, the games themselves should be educational, such as matching words and definitions together. But if there’s a timed element, or there’s a prize for the most right answers, the kids are going to pay much more attention.
You can even take this concept to the online world too. Kids tend to respond to tech, and if you load up a program like ABCmouse on the computer, your child may spend a good 20 minutes dedicating themselves to their studies.
Hire a Tutor
Sometimes, your child may need specialized help, and you may not be able to provide it. As such, it’s often a good idea to look into tutors; someone who can provide specialized support for your child in a certain area. And with a personalized focus on a subject they may struggle in, your child has a chance to push past what’s holding them back. Tutors don’t have to be hard to find either – check out this guide to get started.
It’s only natural for kids to struggle sometimes. But when they do, make sure you’ve got various levels of support in place.