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Make Learning Fun for First-Grader

December 2, 2014
By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler - Dear Teach columnists ( , OVParent

DEAR TEACHER: My first-grader is just not interested in school. Is there any way to motivate my young son? - Unmotivated

Answer: When it comes to learning to read and write at this level, school as well as home activities need to be fun or at least enjoyable. Otherwise, it is possible to dampen or even kill children's desire to learn.

You might want to go and observe at school. Are the classroom activities drudgery instead of delight because of too many worksheets and uninspired teaching? Or is your son becoming disinterested in school because he can't keep up with his classmates?

While you are not likely to change what the teacher is doing, you can take his school activities and turn them into fun at home. You can play games such as Memory and Go Fish with the words he is learning to read. You can also make learning to add fun by using counters and devising simple number games.



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