Q: I've heard a lot about working with a child's interests, but I'm not sure that I agree. It sounds good, but my 10-year-old isn't interested in learning multiplication or division or higher level math. This sounds like I should quit pushing him to learn it. Or am I missing something?
A: Working with a child's interests can mean spending time learning whatever the child is interested in. So, if he wants to know about sharks, spend time learning about
Ever been to a meeting that didn't interest you at all? It can be hard to get anything out of such a meeting, but if it is on a topic of interest, it's easy to gain a lot of new insight from such a meeting.
The same applies to kids. Whether a parent focuses on letting the child study what the child is interested in right this minute or work instead on first getting the child interested in the things that the parent wants the child to learn, studying what a child is interested in will result in faster, more efficient learning. As