I want to make sure that any way, time or place that presents an opportunity for learning, my kids are taking advantage of it. That means in school, of course, but it also means at home, on the beach, during activities, or even standing in line at the grocery store. There are always ways to teach, everywhere you go, and often times, kids don't even realize they're learning as much as they are if you can find ways to make the teaching fun. For example, in looking at the Fall-themed magazines at the supermarket, while waiting for our turn to check out and bag our groceries, we recently had a discussion about publishing, and the all of the processes, hard work and time that go into making each one of those periodicals. My youngest was enthralled to learn some of the things I was telling him. It piqued his curiosity enough to ask a bunch of questions, and for him to continue to do research for the ones I couldn't answer, once we got back home.
Second, children learn in different ways. While classroom instruction might entail independent, partner, group, or entire class discussion/participation, each child processes what they learn in a unique way. That means no matter the method their teacher is using at any given time, there are going to be ones utilized that are not easy to relate to for your child. While that may be good in some ways...you do want to introduce your child to new ways of learning, it can also be challenging in other obvious and not so obvious ways. Continuing education at home, you can hone in on those skills and preferences you know your child has, when it comes to learning.
For us, homework time is an example for when we can utilize this kind of strategy. For example, I will sometimes sit with my youngest and go over his homework with him. I know that he is a visual learner, so no matter how his teacher has taught him, I will bring in visuals or use imagery techniques with him while we are working together. This has resulted in quite a few 'aha' moments every single school year, but most especially this year with his Math class. His teacher does not use a lot of visuals, outside of what is already in the text, so by doing so with him at home, I'm helping reinforce that content in a different way, and in a way I know my child embraces.
The first and foremost reason that I continue to educate my kids once they are home from school, is that I want them to be prepared for life. The old saying, 'life isn't always a bowl of cherries,' can be so very true. Educating my children in common, as well as book sense, is the best way to ensure they are properly prepared to handle whatever it is life happens to throw at them, as they continue to grow up. Teaching them problem-solving skills, and how to look at things from more than one perspective will help them academically and beyond. That is important to me, and it is and will continue to be (whether they know it or not) important to them.
One way that I believe I can better help prepare my kids at home for life, is by encouraging them to enroll in higher learning when their time comes. Groza Learning Center agrees that college matters, and to do their part, they are offering one lucky person the chance to win a $1,000 Scholarship towards their college tuition.
The submission deadline is November 30, 2017. Qualifications: You must be a high school student already accepted by a college, OR you must be a student who is enrolled in a college or university. What better way to get off on the right foot, than to have $1,000 of your tuition already paid?! I encourage anyone who is eligible to apply, to go for it! Having previously worked in a college, I have seen where scholarship opportunities have helped many students to more easily work towards their goals and dreams. Groza is making this one easy but compelling, by allowing students to write an essay on 'redemption' (see rules before you start to write). Good luck to all who enter!
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