This first step is to lay a strong foundation on which to build your children's education.
Enjoy the bi-weekly article below:
Enjoy the bi-weekly article below:
THE NEED To Read
How do we teach American parents to reject many status quo practices that don't actually help children get ready for 21st century adulthood? Dr. Laura Jana
In the above quote, I think Dr. Jana is trying to tell parents they must grow survival skills for their children--creativity, questioning, grit, resilience and reading. Playing video games and wanting to be entertained is not a skill to carry children into the future. She also stresses that short-time thinking in parenting is damaging if never paired with more long-term approaches. Parents will pay the price later.
Parents must focus on their children in spite of life stresses. Parents must talk to their children. Parents need to be better language teachers. They need to use more and richer language with young children. The more words children hear, the larger their vocabulary. Children need to hear words used to understand what they mean. If you know your children's interests, you can talk to them about these and find books to feed their interests. One teacher found that when she filled her classroom with non-fiction books about their interests, children were more eager to read. Children need to know what reading is for.
From a very early age, children need to hear words being read and spoken. Parents must talk to their children because children need to hear words being spoken before they can be interested in reading them. Teachers can detect children who have not been talked to or read to when these children enter school. Children who have been talked to and read to have millions of words at their disposal. Parents can sing songs with their children, read and recite poetry, and do finger plays with their children because these are powerful tools for enhancing language. Language is developed through human interaction not through TV, videos, and computer time. When you talk to your children, they can respond to you with questions. When you talk as you cook, fix or repair objects, or do art projects and crafts, children learn the vocabulary of these skills.
Asking your children questions and allowing them to ask you questions piques their curiosity. Seeking the answers may lead to more talking and more reading which gives more experience with the words they will need to know later in order to learn to read. Educators cannot stress enough how important it is to read to your children of all ages daily. If teachers never gave any homework except for you to read with your children and talk about what you read together, they would be helping you and your children to use language for a successful future.
Strong readers have a store of background knowledge that helps them make connections and make correct inferences about things they don't know. Help your children have knowledge, expand their attention, and allow them to hear new words often.
Reading is basic to the rest of learning. It is the building block which must be in place to continue to learn and eventually succeed. Roberta Klein
Kindness as an Aid to Learning
How can kindness help children learn? What does that have to do with learning? Let me count the ways for you.
Kindness is the practice of being sympathetic, compassionate, considerate, and caring. Kindness is a trait that parents, grandparents, and caregivers can model easily. It can be practiced daily. Being kind to your own children and their friends is a good example. Disciplining patiently and quietly takes great skill this time of year.
Teaching your children to be kind to their friends and school mates requires your conversation with them. Helping them to be considerate of their teachers by focusing and listening, and trying to do their best in spite of the many distractions. Play practices and song rehearsals for the Christmas program require your children to practice kindness and self-control. Waiting quietly for their cues is kindness. Lining up the way the teacher directs is kindness. Not shoving or pushing is kindness.
Helping is kindness. "Helping feels good and is nice for the other person and you" in the words of one 12-year-old. Make helping a family affair. To clean the house, set a timer for working together as a team as each accomplishes their assigned tasks. Make the best of your time together. Be patient so you can turn a teachable moment into an opportunity for your children to grow. If order makes you feel more peaceful and less stressful, have the children put their toys back as soon as they are done playing with them, put their dishes in the sink or dishwasher, and put their own laundry away. Even as Santa watches, you might establish good habits that will go through the new year.
Help your children to be a good neighbor. Show kindness to an elderly neighbor by taking them cookies you help your children make or flowers grown in your yard. Teach them to smile or wave at neighbors as they pass.
Teach children to show kindness by helping in their community. Keep their community clean by not littering. Put candy and gum wrappers in their pockets and carry soft drink cans or water bottles to dispose in a proper container. Help them to recycle cans and bottles.
(More ideas at www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/14-little-ways-to-encourage-kindness/?page=5)
Children want to help and know they can make a difference no matter what their age. You can teach kindness one deed at a time. Give your children love and boundaries to show your kindness.
"Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see. " Mark Twain
"A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money." John Ruskin
Kindness goes a long way and enriches those who share.