Kick-Start Summer Learning: 5 Motivation Strategies for Kids with LD
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Work for Rewards
With your child, generate a list of special events or activities she wants to do this summer. Review the list and decide which events will happen with "no strings attached." These are things that she'll get to do, just for fun. After all, that's what summer should be all about! Your child will earn the other activities on this wish list by completing certain tasks or mastering certain skills. Use this contract to help get the summer-learning process started.
If your child says something like: "You're nuts if you think I'm going to do that — this is my vacation!?" then point out that professionals work throughout the year in order to perform at their best. Artists paint, musicians play, teachers prepare lessons and materials during the summer. Tell your child what you are personally working on this summer and try to engage him in parallel learning.
Kids with learning difficulties are often so used to working to earn "pay-offs" that they get turned off by this process. If they know that they'll be able to "have a life" in the summer, they may be more motivated to engage in these work-for-rewards systems you set up.
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