MOTIVATING YOUR CHILD TO LEARN

1. There are many causes for learning problems.
A. Vision problems- most current research indicates this is usually 
insignificant, except in cases where the vision is very poor.
More commonly perceptual problems (reversals, difficulty with 
visual tracking.
B. Hearing problems. Sometimes a factor. There are strong correlations
between frequent ear infections, and learning disabilities. Also
many be related to inner ear problems. Also frequent ear infections
tubes etc.
C. Low Intelligence. Accounts for about 3 to 5 percent of the causes
need special education (DH).
D. Specific Learning Disabilities.
E. Emotional/Adjustment problems

F. LACK OF MOTIVATION TO LEARN!
1. HOW DO I GET THEM TO WANT TO LEARN
A. Give lots of encouragement rather than "help" to much help
fosters dependency and defeats the whole point of instilling 
confidence in the child (child instead begins to feel that they
need help/ Not competent enough to do it themselves). Also 
parents tend to loose patience with their own children 
(sometimes better to leave it up to the tutor).
B. Continually reaffirm your confidence in the child. Children 
will live up to your expectations. If you really don't think 
they can do it neither will they.
C. Help them cope with failure. Failure is inevitable for 
everyone.
D. Help them succeed and then capitalize on those successes.
E. Make them think it was their idea (especially with 
oppositional children.
F. Make learning Fun.
1. Learning Games (GO TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS Substitute the 
child's actual lessons.
2. Computer Games.
3. Comic Books.
4. Word search puzzles.
5. High interest low vocabulary books. They will begin to like
reading if they begin to read what they like. Get them a 
library card and turn them loose. Also there are many 
summer library programs in the area.
6. Teach the child the little tricks you learned that helped
children love to related to parents school experiences.
7. Ease off on the pressure. Your kids are not you. let them
be their own persons. 

G. Help the child to experience success. The child may need
books and workbooks at a level at least two years below
his instructional level in order to perform comfortably.

H. REWARD SUCCESSIVE APPROXIMATIONS (the little successes).

I. Keep magazines and books available and encourage the child
to use them. Make references to them whenever possible.