Finding out what motivates your child, can cause them to DREAM BIG!
WAY TO GO, Ms. Meinen, one of our elementary tutors!!! She taught a student how to focus on what the characters’ motivations, wants and needs are as they read. You can teach your child that motivation is the “reason one has for acting a certain way.” They can be external and internal motivation. This chart is a great visual to help your child see many different types of motivations that characters can have. They can write in their reader’s notebook or you can have a great conversation with your child asking them:
What is motivating the character?
Why it is motivating them?
What evidence from the book supports this motivation?
Now you can apply the concept of character motivation to your child’s own personal life to learn more about how you can best support them not just in school, but also in their everyday life.
Try asking them:
What will motivate you to get something done quickly?
What motivates you to try harder?
What motivates you to not give up?
What motivates you to want to do well in school?
What motivates you at home?
How can I (as your parent/guardian) motivate you to be the best person you can be?
So just like characters in books have internal and external motivations; so does your child. I encourage you to find out what that is. Talking about motivations can cause your child to DREAM BIGand set some awesome life goals. And that’s exactly what we want! Right?