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lavy
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How to help 5 year old son gain interest in studying?

Hello Mam! My son is 5+,he was doing great till 4,but these days he just wants to play outside, watch cartoons all the time, he dont like study.
 
Question asked after reading: http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_...
In Topics: Back to school, Motivation and achievement at school, Parenting / Our Family
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Dr.Monika
Jul 14, 2010
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Most 5-yar-olds that I know prefer to play than to sit still and study, so your child is not any different!  However, children learn all the time; therefore, incorporate learning into every aspect of his day.

First of all, set a good example.  

Modeling of healthy behaviors, such as making healthy food choices and physical activity, are crucial to a healthy body.  Once your child learns these behaviors, it will be easier to keep these behaviors up later on in life.

Parent also should model other good behaviors, such as not smoking, reading, sharing, respect, not watching too much television etc.

Second of all, teach your child courtesy, responsibility, and encourage high self-esteem.

And last, but not least, stimulate your child with new activities and motivate him to do his work.

Remember that you are the parent; therefore, you are "the boss", and you set up the ground rules of behaviors that you expect your son to do.  Make clear to him that braking the rules will mean consequences and let him know what those consequences will be.  If he know what is expected of him, it will be easier for him to follow the rules.  This rule of healthy discipline work wonders, but you must follow through every time!

Please read articles below for more suggestions.

Suggested readings:

How to teach your child respect

http://pluggedinparents.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=556&Itemid=204&ed=29

How to teach your child courtesy

http://www.pluggedinparents.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=225&Itemid=0

How to teach your child responsibility

http://www.pluggedinparents.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=188&Itemid=0

How to motivate your child

http://pluggedinparents.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=539&Itemid=204&ed=29

How to encourage your child's high self-esteem

http://www.pluggedinparents.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=442&Itemid=0

Best regards.
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BigSis
BigSis writes:
Maybe if you do fun as well as educational activities together, he will enjoy himself so much that he won't realize that he's studying!

Here are some ideas from Education.com
http://www.education.com/activity/kindergarten/

Good luck!
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lynellen
lynellen writes:
How long are you expecting your child to sit and study?  Five year old little boys generally have short attention spans.  Plus between the ages of 5 and 6 there is a HUGE developmental growth spurt in the motor area.  Therefore, five year olds are busy developing these needed skills for advanced sports, being able to sit longer, skills needed for writing, etc.  Incorporate learning into play.  If practicing letters, have him write them on the side of the house or wooden fence with a bucket of water, draw them with sidewalk chalk, finger paint them.  Play Travel Bingo on your trips to help with reading skills.

Suggested books: Your Five Year Old by Ames and Illg, Alphabet Soup: Stirring Your Child's Interest in Letters (Practical play for children).
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greis
greis writes:
how to increase interest in studying children aged under five years old
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SarahLee123
SarahLee123 writes:
Make studying fun. Make study routines that have his hobbies involved.
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NESHRIE
NESHRIE , Parent writes:
You can't force your child to learn, make learning creative a five year old likes to learn when it is fun and if you persist it won't work
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jyotikajoe
jyotikajoe writes:
Don't be Boss with him just be like child and let him play - as you participate with him and be friendly with him - do study by enjoying so he will do more interestingly. Play different different games with him.
Don't put more burden of study on him...Motivate him.
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hiimmary
hiimmary , Student writes:
Here are some classic, effective methods:
1. Reward him for studying and learning by outdoor play, video games, a healthy snack.
2. DO NOT let your child play video games inappropriate for his age. Purchase games to help him prosper in his learning abilities. He is incredibly young, a fertile mind. This is the perfect age to acess that part of his brain. A kid that young has the potential. You just need to open up the 'thinking' part. At this age, he will kind of have to take whatever is given to him. Good luck. :).
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