Time To Let Go and Play
Time is an essential teaching resource for everyone from kindergarten through high school. Using it to teach children about everyday life or life’s lessons may seem unnecessary at first, but you’ll be surprised by how far a few hours of time can actually go.
Many schools use it to interact with their students after traditional academic days. You can also see students use time from their phone or tablet to read or solve math problems. The science section of many high schools has a dedicated time dedicated to visiting the planet and learning about planet Earth and their travels in space. Time can become important to many students as they grow up, so especially at home, start being strategic with what you’re learning and how to use time to tell your child’s story.
Figure Out When you need a “time out” and what your child needs to keep from getting out of control.
I’ve had many students ask me when I’m going to “teach” them a lesson. It really doesn’t matter if you have a teacher day or not, and how you’re teaching them is usually more important than the day itself. Taking the time to talk with your child about how they can incorporate different things in the lessons and allow them to learn in a different way is something you can provide when you want to “teach.”
When using your timer and timer method, ask your child how many minutes they think they need to do something. Usually a child will have their own time limit on how long they can finish their homework before their teacher arrives or how long they have to wait before seeing their parent(s). So you can help them work with this time limit and encourage them to do as much or as little as they want! This allows time for building self-control, making the time-out less of a punishment and more of a time-out!
Think about how you can use your child’s time or hours to engage them in different ways.
I have a friend that is a wonderful violin teacher. We are frequently walking in the park at the same time, and at times when we are playing music together she watches her student’s movement. While we’re moving in sync and playing, she repeats to them a certain chord, then records it as a sequence. This allows them to learn the songs and patterns and then explains it from the moment they start.
We’re reminded as much as we can by song descriptions, as well as the scales and notes themselves, and it’s so important for them to be able to play these within their earbuds, while moving. So use time wisely, don’t put unnecessary chores on your children, and let their imagination or imagination serve you with an interactive activity.
To use time properly, not just as an educational time out, be sure to provide kids with room to learn how they can keep from flailing and tossing their paper around. Students who have a place within the classroom to live the sciences, technology, and creative arts do better in school. Both schools and teachers benefit when working together. Make time to teach, as well as use your time wisely and to play with your child.