Back to School for Words and Learning
Back to school season is just around the corner. The after school programs, tutoring centers, and education programs for children are filling up rapidly with parents wanting to watch their kids get better at reading and math.
This is a good thing for kids and parents because most of us parents have heard horror stories about school discipline. We are coming to the realization that maybe our kids have been unfairly suspended or expelled from school. Few of us are aware of the many educational programs that exist to teach kids basic skills.
To ease back to school back to everything, we’ve decided to start the week with an article which will encourage new learning. Here are three activities which can be done with your children as well as you in the silent silent learning situations.
Awww! That would be so cute! One of the few innocent moments of the day. We don’t want to completely disappear from your sight all together, but for a short period of time, and some quiet time, you can communicate with your child as he goes about whatever he is doing. For example, if he is wandering around while you are grocery shopping, you can say, “I love to shop with you. There is so much fun to be had.” When he starts looking for something, you can say, “I just returned home from the store. I love doing this too. Here are some very cool things I found that make me so happy.” After he has caught up with you, you can say, “You remember what we talked about at the store? Do you want to help me or help yourself?”
One of the most important things you can do to get your kids to learn is to point them towards opportunities to learn new skills. There are always opportunities to learn new skills, which you can give your children at their own pace, as they learn them. When they have learned something, tell them, “I know you want to get back to doing this one thing. It is really important for you to learn it.” Let them know that it is important to start getting involved in activities where they can learn, and they can expand their interests as they develop skills.
Discipline is not the answer for your child if she is not learning. It’s good for him, and it’s good for the whole family, to start rewarding your child. When your children start doing things you want them to learn and do, praise them. Just talk about it. Don’t spoon feed a child and reward things they don’t have to do. For example, teaching a child how to read by watching an audio book. This is teaching him to understand how to read, without actually having to read. Give your child a chance to develop and develop on their own.
Whatever you do, don’t build up the guilt. Instead, look for opportunities to focus on what your child can learn without explaining, or not explaining, why a moment wasn’t acknowledged. Saying things like, “You are great. You are doing great. You are doing great.”
Learning is hard work. Take time to do something you are not expert in. Break it up into small pieces and do it one at a time. As you do it, go into your memory bank to find what you can remember, and see how far you can go.