Helping Children Learn
Often parents are counseled that the best way they can help their child in school is to share their interests with their children, and to take them on educational outings. While these are valuable enriching activities, parents’ involvement in their child’s education should not be limited to these areas.
For a child to feel adequate in school, he must
be adequate. This means that he must be accepted as an unique individual with his own special strengths and weaknesses. He must also be helped to develop his abilities, and taught how to effectively use them to meet life’s challenges.
Who is better able to assist in this growth process than his parents? Who knows a child better than his mother or father? As a parent, I know how much I have learned about my own children as I have seen them year after year in various situations.. As a teacher, I have experienced the frustration of trying to really know all the children in a large class. Most teachers are deeply concerned about children, but simply find most of their time consumed in discipline, teaching to the “most common” student, and in required paperwork. There are few teachers who don’t long for time to spend helping the quiet kid develop some great idea, or providing more hands-on activities for the restless jokester, or giving creative guidance to the budding writer.
This is where parents can be invaluable. Teachers are like doctors not magicians. They need accurate information to be effective. Parents need to work closely with their children’s teachers in designing an educational program that suits their child.
The following are some ideas of how to teach your child. Though each person is unique, there are still basically four types of students. You may not be sure of your child’s type, so experiment. Try different teaching approaches. See which your child enjoys, and how he learns best. Whatever works for your child is right. Many of the approaches can help everyone. We all learn best when we use more of our senses, so give several approaches a try! Remember that everyone can learn. It is just a matter of finding how you child learns, then teaching them in the way they learn best.