Have you ever witnessed a child who is truly frustrated about learning? If you have, it can be a very frustrating place for everyone involved. It is also very destructive to the child involved. Each frustration can lead to an underlying belief or truth, in their mind, that learning is not fun. This is a quick set-up to a disastrous future filled with anger, loss of confidence, a lazy attitude, and struggles in school and beyond. What can be really helpful is to try to not let our children experience that devastation in the first place. That being said, life is busy and children will get frustrated at some point. So, here is my best suggestions on how to deal with it.
First and foremost, in the moment have the child sit with you away from the work that is frustrating them. Calm them and then talk. Help them to see that this isn't the end of the world and that it is okay to not know how to do something, in fact it is great to ask for help when it is needed. This is a teachable moment, explain situations where even you, as an adult, have needed to ask for help to learn something new. Now bring out the work together and really dig into what piece they are not processing. DO NOT DO the entire work for them, instead work through it as a team, making sure the child is grasping the concept. Ask the child how their teacher explained it in school, ask them questions to keep them involved and to activate their own prior knowledge on the topic. Whatever the struggle for them may be, try to think of a different approach to learning it--one of the major problems with children being unsuccessful with something is that they may learn differently then the rest of the class. Know your child, know how they learn and help them to see this challenge in a new light.
It is very important that children see the value in education. No matter where we are going in life we will need the basic building blocks that education sets up for us. Every person is constantly learning and growing, it never ends, and to be successful we must not only accept that but engage in it. To make our children the most successful, we must teach them value in learning from a very young age. We must instill in them a desire to learn. Before school even begins, it is best to have children playing to learn or to have them in a child care who's philosophies are in the same alignment as your own. There will always be things in life that do not come easy to us, concepts that are frustrating. Teaching your children to stick to it (determination) and to understand their own learning styles will help them greatly in the long-run and will be the most rewarding thing you can do for them.