Becoming a reader is one of the most exciting learning adventures your child will ever experience. Many children need little more than exposure to books and they’re off on their own. But others need guided support as they struggle with sounds, fluency, and reading unfamiliar words. Reading is a complex process, but it’s vitally important to all learning. You’ll want to help your child build skills step-by-step and maintain a high degree of enthusiasm and confidence along the way. When a child is overwhelmed by the pace of new vocabulary or the expectation to ‘read faster,’ there is a higher likelihood of discouragement.
When it comes to schoolwork, parents often put up with their children’s procrastinating habits. Instead of encouraging good homework strategies, we allow distracted effort or inaction. But if we teach our kids to overcome the temptation of procrastination, we give them a valuable skill that reaches into adulthood. Here are a few strategies to help your children complete their homework assignments without delay:
The Good Old Days: I began teaching first grade back in the dark ages: the decade of the 1960s. Back then, many children didn’t attend Kindergarten, and those who did spent their days at play stations where they painted, dressed up, pretended to cook meals, and built tall walls with blocks. Their day was rounded out with story times, a snack, and a nap.
In the back-to-school rush, parents’best intentions may be buried under kids’backpacks, homework assignments, and missives from administrators. The best offense against back-to-school overwhelm is a strong zone defense at home. With this three-zone approach to organization, your family can keep everything under control this year.
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