Is your child a “glass half-empty” kind of kid? Some people are more pessimistic than others. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help your child see the sunnier side of life. Remind him of good times and successes he’s had. And if he says he’ll “never understand fractions,” for example, sit down and offer support as he figures it out. Show him that he can solve “impossible” problems if he works hard.
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The two best ways to learn a foreign language are to speak it and hear it spoken. To help your child, check out audio books and videos in the language he’s learning from the library and play them at home. Check your TV listings for a channel in that language and watch together for a few minutes a day. You can also ask your child to teach you: “How do you say, ‘Goodbye’?”
The newspaper is a great source of learning activities for your child. Here are some to try: 1. Finder’s Reports. Take turns at dinner having each family member report on something (even the comics) they read in the paper. 2. Big Ideas. Take turns reading a brief article aloud. Discuss what each of you thinks is the most important fact. 3. Geography Bee. Find states and nations in the news on a world map.
Some self-criticism is normal, but kids who obsess about their weight or their looks may be on the road to trouble that can affect their health and their schoolwork. Don’t let your child diet without her doctor’s approval. But do teach her about healthy eating. Avoid criticizing your own body or hers. And encourage physical fitness for your whole family. Let your child experience how good exercise can feel.
Don’t let your child make these problem-solving mistakes
Learning how to solve problems is as important in life as it is in the classroom. But learning how NOT to solve them is also key. Teach your child not to deny or ignore problems (they often get worse!). Getting mad doesn’t help either. The sooner your child gets over being mad, the more time she has to solve the problem. Tell her not to worry about making a mistake—success is often built on them.
One way to keep your child reading, writing and learning over the summer is to make those things part of activities that are meaningful to him. Let him pick a book for you to take turns reading to each other. If he likes contests, post a “word of the week” and see who can use it correctly in a sentence most often. Or ask your child to plan a family event, including the budget and the menu. Then carry out the plan!
A visit to a zoo or nature center can excite your child about learning. During your visit, give family members paper and pencils. Ask everyone to draw an animal that interests them. After the visit, stop by the library and help your child find books on the animal she drew. You might also check out a book that can help your child identify wildlife in your area.
It sounds odd, but it’s true. It takes time to find time. Spend an hour reviewing your family’s schedule. Does it reflect your priorities? If family comes first, for example, are you spending more time with family than anywhere else? Can you cut back on activities that interfere with your goals? This can be tricky, but remember that although they might not admit it, kids want time with their parents more than material things.
Monday, July 20, 2015
There is more to reading than sounding out words. Children bring their experiences to what they read. A sentence such as “Sam touched a prickly cactus,” will mean much more to a child who has seen and felt a cactus. So, fill your child’s life with new experiences. Help him learn the words for the things he sees in the world around him. The more vocabulary he experiences, the better he’ll understand what he reads.
Your actions are more important to your child’s success than your income or your education. Some of the most important things you can do to help your child achieve include: Talking often and openly with her and listening to her worries. Setting an example of the life you want her to live. Staying in touch with her teachers about her progress. Taking advantage of community resources, such as after-school activities.
Having friends at school can add to a child’s enthusiasm for education. But making new friends isn’t always easy. Remind your child that when looking for friends, it often helps to make the first move. Encourage your child to say “hi” and show an interest in other people. He might ask others to eat lunch or study together. Then he can share stories about what he’s seen or done so people can get to know him better.