Education is essential, it will provide an opportunity to shape the future of your kids and you have to instill this to them. But before your kids go to school, education already starts at home. That being said, you have to start inculcating values, skills and lessons in day to day life and in their experiences.
Start ‘Em Young
One way to educate your kids is to let them communicate and get along with other children. It sounds like a simple everyday routine but this can help them in the long run.
Also, even as young as a toddler, you can teach them basic lessons or allow them to accomplish minor tasks on their own. As they enter pre-school and school age, they will live out the good habits you have promoted, as well as being collaborative for you have empowered them to be open in communication.
As we all know, we, parents, are the first teachers of children at home. A home is a great training ground to really develop children’s full capacity that the school will later enhance.
How to start them young? These are some suggested activities that could help them develop great learning habits:
Be An Example
Allow your child to see you are reading and when your child is interested, read it to him/her. Show them you are learning too. Widen their imagination as you talk about the book.
Be informative and allow your kid to process what he/she has learned. Be a role model not only in learning but also in all aspects, including your actions and deeds. Kids tend to follow what they observe at home.
Having books, magazines and newspapers around the house makes it fun learning and it is also helpful for the kids.
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Supporting And Promoting Independence At The Same Time
Instead of spoon-feeding them of everything they are searching and doing, teach them and allow them to do things on their own. But always be ready to support — help when needed.
One Step At A Time
Allow them to accomplish tasks such as getting dressed and others, one step at a time. Be there to support, assist and be a helping hand as necessary. Don’t rush them. You both will gain patience in this.
List them on a calendar and be consistent in letting them happen. Organizing such activities is essential for optimum learning. And as you repeat these activities and as it is instilled in your child, it becomes a muscle memory and innate in them.
Set And Enforce House Rules
Rules are important, for it will develop self-discipline and help your child depend upon. Be consistent, allow plans done into action and follow up with your children. Set limits such as TV viewing and usage of gadgets and divert your child’s attention to studying and focusing on tasks set. This will also allow less distraction for everyone and helps get things accomplished. But you could also allow to let them watch informative shows in a given time and explain it to them.
Doing homework can help develop your child’s full capacity and diligence. Yes it is important, so be firm to explain to your child that it has to be done. There’s a time for play, housework and in studying and making a homework.
Also, assist your child in making it. Find a place where you could work on it and as well as concentrate in studying. Encourage your kids and let them know that they can accomplish it. And also, don’t forget to remind them of their past successes to boost their confidence.
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Establish A Community
It is essential that you surround your child with a community that would help them grow and encourage them in learning. You could involve your kid in the community by allowing them to meet new friends and neighbors.
One way is that you also participate in policy making in their schools through volunteering and also by checking on their teachers who could also help monitor your child, keeping up to date with everything happening on them. You might as well find support communities that will help you by giving resources. Don’t forget to reiterate to your kid the importance of a team. That working together is a must.
As parents, your involvement in your children’s education is crucial, what you impart to them can be the foundations of what they’ll believe in the future that they will be facing because they will adopt to your beliefs and standards. So it is important that you set the right goals, ideals and beliefs, imparting empowering experiences and life lessons.
Also, establishing a realistic set of family rules and promoting order and discipline is crucial. On top of this, encouraging them to be future-oriented, allowing them to be prepared for the days to come, by knowing that their present decisions and actions can affect the future outcomes. Then, they can choose to do what’s right and best in the present so they can be excited to press on and be expectant of greater things to achieve in the future.
I know these are all easier said than done but with commitment and patience, you can make a difference towards your child’s success.