I know it can seem difficult at times to get your kids interested in learning. They might complain about doing homework or they may not want to read for pleasure. But there are some simple tricks you can use to help make this time of life easier on everyone involved. It is as simple as 2 steps that we present below. The thing is that kids are learning all the time. It is important to refocus exactly what they are learning and turn it into something productive.
1. Find out what your child is interested in
One of the easiest ways to help your child be interested in learning is by finding out what their interests are. You can do this by asking them, reading about it online or attending events and meeting people that share these same interests with your kids. This is a great way to find out what your child likes and might be able to help them learn or grow in these areas.
Taking this time every day can also give you an opportunity to ask your children about their day, talk with them about the things they are learning and really get them excited for life outside of school. We have a son who will not stop talking about Pokemon and coding. So, what did we do as the homeschooling parents and teachers that we are. We have found resources that use his interest in these things as an anchor or base to launch the rest of his learning off of. Why can't he learn about some marine biology or sea life and compare and contrast water based Pokemon with real creatures? Taking the time to understand their interests and tweak how we teach allows for the information to be something the student is excited to learn about rather than dread.
(Look for lots of Pokemon classes coming in the near future that we have been working on because of our work with our own child)
The next time you are browsing through a museum, take some time to explore the exhibits that interest your child. If they like dinosaurs or airplanes for example, then spend more of your visit in these areas. You could also ask them to pick out their favorite movie and watch it together as a family night activity
2. Look for classes that are related to their interests
Once you have found out what their interests are, then it is time to look for classes that relate to these. There are many online courses available as well as homeschooling resources and possibly events in your area. For example if they like drawing, find an excellent art class or app related to this interest. If they enjoy learning about animals take advantage of free or low cost programs the local zoo might offer. If they love fantasy books or roleplaying sign them up for one of our sessions that teach history and allow for their creative writing and decision makings skills to flourish. Check out Our Classes
Trammell classes is an online school that uses interest-based learning to teach children in grades K-12. Trammell Classes provides a safe, secure environment for your child to explore their interests and learn at their own pace. Trammell classes provides a way for children to experience interest based learning and homeschooling online. The ultimate goal of Trammell classes is to help kids get interested in learning again!
Co-Founder and Instructor for Trammell Classes