Today we're zooming in on the second principle: how to help your child learn at home.
In child development speak, we call this “having a positive learning environment.”
And whether or not school is in session or it's summer vacation- it's always a good time for learning at home.
Can you think back to a time when you were trying to learn something new? Maybe it was how to spell s-e-p-e-r-a-t-e-l-y or maybe your multiplication tables. It could have been learning how to ride your bike. (I still haven't learned how to throw and catch well.)
Do you remember how you felt? Did you get frustrated because you thought that everyone else mastered it so much easier than you did?
Is your memory clouded by your mom getting frustrated because she had explained it to you every way there was under the sun, and no matter what, you just couldn't get it?
Did you feel ashamed because you were having a hard time?
Or did you feel like if you kept trying, eventually you would get it?
It's easy to get upset when you are learning something new. That's actually normal. It happens to everyone (yes, even Olympic athletes and Pulizter prize winning authors). At some point, everyone has to learn and grow a bit more. Growth is always tricky. And frustrating. And it makes you doubt.
Whether the school year is moving away from review and into the new stuff, or the summer boredom has set in, here are some tips to help you child learn at home, through making a positive learning environment.