So you have bought children educational software for your kids. And it is gathering dust in your computer. Your kids have used it once or twice. Now they no longer seem interested in the educational software. What to do?
Here are some tips which you can use to motivate your children to use educational software regularly so that they can get full advantage from it:
1. Teach me
You can ask your children to teach what they have learned in the children educational software. For example, you can say: “I always wanted to know how it’s done. Can you show me what you learned about it in your new software?”
You can make your questions sound casual. And when your children answer questions, listen with interest. Children love the idea of teaching something to their parents, as it makes them feel important. This in turn will help to create more interest in the educational software.
2. Use Children Educational Software yourself
B.K.Narayan, creator of ‘Success Mindware’-total self development program for students (www.mindpowerguide.biz) says, “When parents ask me how they can motivate their children to keep using educational program regularly, I tell them to do 2 things:
First, use it yourself in front of your children. And when you use it, pretend to like it. Point out the interesting and useful features of the educational software. When your children see you using it and having fun, they also feel the interest to use it.
Secondly, when your children complete a particular activity or exercise given in the children educational software, praise them affectionately. Describe to your friends and family members, in presence of your children, how they completed the exercise efficiently and how intelligent they are. When you sing their praise in front of others, children feel happy and are inclined to use the educational software more frequently,” says Narayan.
3. Set a reward for using Children Educational Software
You can set small rewards for your children depending on how many times they use the educational software in a week or how much progress they make in learning the skills given in it.
For example: buying an ice cream or going to nearby park, if they use the educational software for 3 times a week. For older children, you can give allowance or pocket money, or even a ticket to movie depending on their progress in using children educational software.
4. Save children educational software on desk top
So that when your kids start the computer, they will automatically see the educational software folder or icon on the screen. This will prevent them from forgetting about the new educational software you bought for them.
With careful thinking and some planning depending on your children’s mood, you can easily motivate your kids to use children educational software regularly or frequently. And help them gain maximum benefits from it.
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