Sometimes They Don’t Want to Learn It! is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by LM Preston from Empowered Steps.
There are many subjects my kids didn’t want to learn. Also, tons of activities and skills they simply refused participate in – until I signed them up and made them do it. Only to find out they loved the topic or the activity.
GROWING UP WE HAVE TO DO THINGS WE DON’T WANT TO DO
Many of us wouldn’t want to work if we didn’t need food, house, or shelter. The thing is, as an adult, we need to do things we like and DON’T like exceptionally well. It’s part of owning up to responsibility and expanding ourselves in intangible ways. Learning perseverance, ingenuity, exploring new things, expanding our ability to find something interesting in a topic that may not seem interesting.
TEACHING CHILDREN TO THRIVE IN SUBJECTS THEY DON’T LIKE HELPS THEM IN LIFE
Teaching your child to exceed under less than favorable circumstances actually enhances their ability to figure out better ways to get things done.
Challenge them by teaching:
- If you don’t like the topic, tell me how you would make it better?
- How can you learn this, but in a way that works for you?
- Teach me the topic.
- How can you just get the job done?
HOW TO TEACH BORING TOPICS
Some strategies are:
Get to know just the facts: Teach them to define six questions WHAT, WHEN, WHY, WHO and WHERE then ask the HOW.
Ask them the questions:
- Why you don’t like it?
- State the problem and then the solution to the reason why you don’t like it.
- Keep your materials neat and make you want to touch it.
- How can you stop procrastination? Do the subject before your favorites or be someone inspiring.
- Draw the notes by mind mapping it.
Getting a positive start:
- Make the topic into a game.
- Take small bites of the information and reward yourself with positive affirmations or music.
- Introduce it in light and comedic ways using videos or cartoons.
- Exercise for fun, jumping rope, jumping jacks, push ups, sit ups.
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Expose your child by:
- Visual Stimulation a movie, video something light.
- Read it to get deeper.
- Write notes and/or draw notes for mind mapping.
- Recite it.
- Teach it.
- Play a memory game with it.
- Know the what, when, why, who, where and HOW.
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LM Preston is an author, engineer, former college professor, and working mother who’s been married for over twenty-five years. She homeschooled 3 of her 4 children from elementary school and beyond while she and her husband worked outside their home. Three of her kids graduated with degrees by the age of 17 years old. Connect with her at Homeschool and Work and Empowered Steps.