How can my child be motivated to learn and practice?
1. The child should try the homework without help at first before parents offer their support. The parts that the child has already solved should be appreciated.
2. Support the child’s urge to explore, even if it creates disorder or untidiness. As long as nothing is damaged, a child should be allowed to live out his or her ideas and get to know limits.
3. Praise the content, even if the form leaves something to be desired! Error-free homework doesn’t always have to be written super neatly. The not very legible writing can still be discussed later.
4. Be open to creative and unusual solutions. Why shouldn’t the child practically “replay” certain text tasks, for example, tasks with quantities or units?
Why is the time after learning so important?
Common sense tells us humans that the time of “active learning” is particularly important for the permanent memorization of facts and contexts. However, research is increasingly coming to the conclusion that the time after learning is much more important – the time when we are not sitting at our desks but instead doing something else.
Why does one learn during the time after active studying? This can be explained as follows: When learning, the new content is first brought into short-term memory, where it remains for minutes to hours. The content is stored on the synaptic level to be transferred from there to the system level. This requires consolidation, i.e. consolidation of what has been learned. This consolidation of the learned knowledge can be supported by rest, sleep or relaxation exercises.
Why does the brain need rest?
For children, this means that computers, mobile phones and televisions should be switched off for a certain period of time after learning in order not to overstrain the brain emotionally and mentally. This is exactly what happens in media consumption.
It is therefore crucial for the permanent memory of new content that the brain is not immediately overwhelmed with new impulses. If necessary, the child should take a little nap, because during sleep the brain processes and solidifies the numerous impressions and information it has taken in. Meditations and relaxation exercises can also support the brain in learning. If the child has a great urge to move, individual yoga exercises or a walk in the fresh air, for example to the next playground, can support the brain in consolidating what has been learned.