Ghada asks:

What can I do with a kid in 4th grade to make her interested in studying?

In Topics: School and Academics, Motivation and achievement at school
> 60 days ago



Oct 10, 2010
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Sometimes, children need to see the application of material they are studying.  So, to pique interest try relating the material to real life situations.  Perhaps, fractions can be really put to use in the kitchen for baking brownies.  A pen pal can help to practice writing skills. Or social studies and art would be of value if one visited a museum.  All of this helps a child to understand the real practicality and usefulness of an education vs. thinking it is only to memorize "silly facts and figures".

Good luck!!

Louise Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist

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MTrejo writes:
You and your child need to be realistic.  Studying is not always going to be fun.  Studying and school is a job.  You are the parent and must communicate to your child your expectations.  Do not ask for their opinion or beg them to do their homework.  You are only disadvantaging your child when you try to be flexible.  You can start by explaining to your child the importance of studying and the consequences for not doing it, such as that they will not be able to always be in the same classroom with their friends, they may not go to college, they may not get to go on vacation or some other important family event.  Use both positive and negative examples.  Then take steps to help.  it would help a lot if you can team your child with someone in her school is doing well and loves to study.  Think of inviting other children to your house for cookies, milk and study parties.  Take your child to the library whenever you know there will be presentations to groups of children.  Suggest to your child to get together with other children during the day to study together.  Ask the teacher to team your child with other children.  Studying in small groups (2-3) provides much better academic results than when children study on their own.  

Maria Triejo, Expert Panelist
> 60 days ago

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