It would be easier to get your child to study if you made it more interesting for him. Here are some ways in which you can make studying fun.
Ask your child to turn into an examiner and prepare index cards with important questions. Key points for the answer can be given on the back of the cards.
For example, for a chapter on Indian geography, the index card will
have questions like "What is a delta?" The back will have keywords like
Flowcharts help in learning cause and effect. For example, here is how you can make your child
understand "rainfall". Draw a series of boxes from the top to the
bottom with words like sea, heating up, water vapor, cloud,
precipitation and then finally rain. All boxes will be linked by arrows
to show "what leads to what".
History involves a lot of learning by rote, and children
often find it difficult to remember the year in which certain events
took place. It is a good idea to have flash cards for years as well. Alternatively, every time your child
finishes a chapter, write down all the important dates on a chart
paper, and stick it to your child's bulletin board. Keep adding more
and more dates to this chart, and keep quizzing your child until the dates are ingrained in his memory.
Acronyms work like a charm and will help your child
remember sequences and mathematical formula. BODMAS (bracket, order,
division, multiplication, addition and subtraction) is a popular
acronym in maths. Your daughter can invent her own acronyms to remember
points of an answer.
Acrostic is something you might have never heard of but
actually practiced. It is a small sentence where first letter of each
word is the hint for the answer. My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us
Nine Planets is a well-known acrostic for the solar system.
Try and link words as much as possible. For example, the word
"photosynthesis" can be explained by linking the word photo to a flash
or light. So light (sun) helps plants make their own food, and this
process is called photosynthesis. He will never forget the meaning for
the rest of his life!
Don't stop your child
from playing or watching television. Play is a teacher too. Shraddha
has an eight-year old son Gautam who didn't understand the concept of
time too well. She fixed his playstation slot for a limited time
duration of 45 minutes. Gautum goes to bed at 9 p.m. So, now he knows
that he has to start playing at 8:15 p.m to utilize his 45 minute game
Games, too, teach a lot about winning and losing,
strategy (Chess), vocabulary (Scrabble), and general knowledge board
Shakespeare's plays are taught in schools now. But do you think
they were considered educational material in the Bard's time? No, they
were pure entertainment.
Did you know the famous Batman villain Mr. Freeze? Well, he was
actually a mad scientist who spilt some cryogenic chemicals on himself.
So, he needed sub-zero temperatures to survive. That's science at play!
Similarly, there are various channels like Discovery and Animal Planet that are educative. Encourage your child
to watch the news by discussing news events at home. There is something
to be said for discouraging mindless entertainment like some television
soaps, but television viewing can be turned into a positive experience if you monitor what your child watches.
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