Learning is such a great thing. Learning all about the world and how life works should be enjoyable and exciting. Children should feel confident in the knowledge that they are doing well at school and confident that they are able to learn.
But not every child does. They don’t feel confident. They don’t feel able. In fact, according to a recent survey 1 in 5 children doubt their ability and don’t think that they are good learners.
This boils down to children having low self-esteem and low confidence. They don’t think they are doing well and there are many different reasons why children feel like this. It is a parents job to help them feel more capable and know that they are doing well.
The article, One in Five Children Doubt Their Abilities as Learners also highlights that a fifth of students feel negatively about school. I think that is quite high and I would like to know why that is. Is it because they don’t feel capable, they don’t feel motivated to learn or the teachers have not made the subjects interesting enough for them? Is it due to teachers not recognising the talent and enthusiasm of some students and not bringing out the best of them?
It is such a shame that not all children like school. School has a great effect on a child’s mental health and so we need to change negative experiences. We can all play our part by talking about school with our children and working in partnership with the schools so that the enjoyment level is increased for our children.
Does your child enjoy learning at school? If not, what is making it a negative experience for them and what can you do to change things? I’d love to hear your comments…