Positive academic motivation not only helps a child succeed in school, but helps the child to see that learning is rewarding and important in all aspects of life.
There are many things a parent can do to increase their child’s academic motivation.
Encourage Positive Family Relationships and Responsibility.
- Provide reasonable structure to help children become independent and responsible.
- Teach your child to be responsible at home by assigning chores and maintaining expectations for proper behavior. Self-discipline at home can transfer to school-related learning.
- Take time to do fun things with your child individually and as a family.
- Have regular conversations with your child and provide time to listen to his or her interests and concerns.
- Praise your child for both trying hard and being successful.
Model the Importance of Learning
- Plan family outings that encourage learning, such as, visits to the library, museum or park.
- Let your child know that you think learning is important and is the central purpose of school.
- Talk with your child about your interests and likes.
- Let your child see you reading. Talk about what you read.
- Show an interest in what goes on at school and talk with your child about it.