Summer is approaching faster than you might think. Before you know it the kids will be wrapping up the school year and eager to make the most of their time away from the classroom. Are you ready?
Various types of reward charts are commonly used with children to help improve behavior by motivating with an incentive. Many of the families I work with find this system to be highly effectively, however, some struggle with the approach. How do you know when it is truly effective for your child? And, what about instilling the notion of intrinsic motivation?
Discussing ways to be kind is an ongoing project in our house. How can we play with kindness? What does it mean to treat another with kindness? These are complicated concepts for adults, let alone children, and it takes consistency and modeling to break these ideas down for young children.
Whether your child is in preschool, kindergarten, or the early elementary years, the timeframe between the end of the school day and bedtime can be challenging. Children are at their lowest energy level after dedicating a significant amount of effort to the focus required in school and whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a working parent it is the time of day when our patience is generally at it's lowest. There is no magic recipe to create the perfect after school environment for your child, but there are ways to manage the circumstances that will alleviate some, if not most, of the angst that comes with entertaining and surviving the after school madness.
As an educator I believe strongly in the notion that learning should be engaging (and dare I say fun) for children of all ages. Creating an environment where knowledge is built through life experiences, exploration, inquiry, and play are at the crux of the adventures in our house. There is an amazing intersection in early learning with play and at a time when children are beginning school experiences at younger ages the research on play speaks loudly to it's importance in young children's lives.
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