If your child has difficulty in learning new concepts or ideas at school or at home, there may be a number of reasons why this is so. But, before you jump to any kind of conclusions, please understand that not all children who have difficulty in learning suffer from learning disabilities. Sometimes, the case is more centered on how your child sees learning and what his or her attitude is towards learning per se.
If you are looking to change your child's attitude about learning, you must first learn to lead by example. Show your child that learning is both essential and, in most cases, learning can be fun. Often, children will complain that the learning materials are boring. Truth be told, they would rather be watching TV than actually sitting down to study. What you need to do is to get more involved in the learning process. Let your child see that you yourself are taking an active part in learning. Take the time to read a book together with your child, and make sure that you do this in an environment that is clear of any distractions. You can also try surfing the Internet together--do research for a school project with your child. The key here is to keep your child involved and hold his attention long enough so that he will start building better study habits. You are now slowly conditioning your child to the discipline of studying.
You must also learn to inspire your child. Talk to him often about the importance of studying. Keep the mood light and positive. Don't start with a sermon on what's going to happen to him if he doesn't study. Learning should never be painted in a negative light as a burden. If your child starts to see it this way, then it will be all the more difficult to rectify this attitude. You can also get other members of your family involved in building your child's study habits. An older brother or sister, an aunt, uncle or even your spouse can step in once in a while to help your child understand that there is a positive side to studying and learning.
Studying at home and in school can become quite a routine. Due to the schedule that most students have today, they find themselves rushing home after school, and they are no longer in the mood to do any homework, or study for the next day's lessons. As early as you can, try to introduce fun learning activities for your child, that don't necessarily involve the school. On the weekends, you can schedule mini-field trips for your family to places like museums, libraries, national monuments, places of historical interest in your area, your local zoo, and the like. You can also try going to different manufacturing shops, such as a carpentry shop, or a coin press, or anything your child may be interested in. Taking your child to these places helps open his eyes and mind to other jobs, processes and skills that he may not have known before.
What you are trying to do here is to broaden your child's horizons by exposing him or her to other concepts and ideas that may not be readily available in school, and you will be doing this in a fun, exciting way that your child will definitely appreciate.