Pre-teen Mom

Ramona - posted on 08/16/2017 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi am looking for great ideas on how to assist or encourage my son to study and read more.

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Elaine - posted on 08/18/2017

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Hi Ramona,
I think this is always a place where many parents try to be creative in encouraging their kids to read and to study as many kids don't like either! Some kids love to read and they do not need anyone motivating them......but most kids do not like to study! So, I agree, let your son pick what he would enjoy reading! Explain that there is a whole new world to explore through reading about fun and exciting stuff or anything he might want to know about. Talk to him about what he really likes to do and find books about it. Let him see that he can gain something from reading! If he has a favorite movie, it might have a book about the same story, that might be a fun place to start! When he has to read for school or to just increase his abilities, I think small rewards can be useful. Nothing big or extravagant, just something small to keep his motivation going. You might even offer to read a book together and talk about the story. As far as studying, it is something we all have to do. I agree that every child should "learn" how to study, so you may want to consider getting him so help with this, perhaps soliciting help from a teacher after school or speaking to the guidance counselor. Many children are VERY smart, but do not know how to study....and there is a way to study....but it is different for each child. Do praise him and do encourage him. Help him to understand that reading will make school so much easier in every subject....and that is true! He will learn vocabulary, writing, self-discipline, creativity, etc....all by just reading! I wish you and your son the best!

Pennyroy61 - posted on 08/18/2017

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As a teacher, I would make sure he has found a type of book that he likes to read-even if it is a magazine. Interest is what makes us want to read. It is hard to make studying enjoyable. The rewards for having done it come after the hard work. You might study with him for a few tests and then when he sees his grades improve, hopefully, he'll be motivated by improvement.

Nancyharlow074 - posted on 08/17/2017

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I’ve met a lot of kids that struggled in school because they thought they were a bad student. They were actually really smart kids. In fact, when they learned a couple of study skills, they brought their grades up a full letter and then they considered themselves smart.
Most schools don’t teach kids study skills. A couple of the schools in my area don’t even require kids to take notes because they said, “kids don’t know how to take notes anymore.”
Hello! How are our kids supposed to learn to take notes if no one requires them to? Here are some cool school tips and tricks: https://preparemykid.com/course/school-tricks-shortcuts/

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