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Child doesn't feel like learning

If children have no desire to learn, the problem needs to be addressed as soon as possible so it doesn't get worse. Here's what you can do.

First, figure out why your child doesn't want to study. Knowing the answer will make it easier to find a solution to the problem. If there is no motivation, you need to get your child interested in learning, and if there are problems with the team - conversations with parents, a psychologist, joint holidays will be useful.

To find out why the child doesn't want to study, you can ask directly or shift the focus to other children. For example, say, "My colleague at work has a son who doesn't want to study at all. You're about the same age. What do you think might be the problem?" The child will unwittingly voice what is relevant to him.

What to do if:

Child is bullied at school. For example, if a child does not get along in Saturday school, you can transfer your son or daughter to online learning. Of course, if it is possible. You also need to figure out the reasons for the bullying and work with a psychologist.
Child does not understand why he or she needs to learn. This means that he or she has not developed a learning motivation. This happens when the child goes to school too early or just "hasn't played enough" yet. You can tell how learning helps in life. For example, knowing math, it is easier to buy lemonade and ice cream, and knowing chemistry - to make interesting experiments. And thanks to education, you can get an interesting profession and earn money.
Child is bored with learning. This happens when teachers teach lessons without being creative or showing the practical applicability of the lesson. For example, if children are learning fractions, you can tell how fractions are used in recipes for favorite foods.
Child finds it difficult to learn. Most likely, he did not understand some important topic and fell behind the group. It is possible to study at home, find the "weakest link" and then catch up with everyone.

Lastly, a few more tips.

Find something your child is interested in and show the relationship between interests and school. For example, if they like sports, show what sports opportunities are available at their school.

Praise for success, any small. Let them associate learning with positivity, not problems.

Help them gain authority in the classroom. The child can make an unusual presentation in class or teach classmates some trick.