The kids in our area have been out of school for three weeks now and while I’m delighted to see my grandson enjoying his summer “off,” I can’t help thinking school is going to be back sooner than we think. If you have a child that struggled with their times tables at the end of fourth grade, fifth grade is coming soon, and without practice over the summer, fifth grade is going to be even harder. What to do?
Our grandson went to first grade in a very ‘desirable’ school. Unlike some other schools in the area, they still had art, music, library and gym class. Turns out the school and the district were very test score, worksheet, drill, drill, drill focused and, it was a hard year for everyone involved. When he moved the next year, I prayed he’d get a teacher that understood him. A teacher with a heart to help him feel safe and teach him in ways he could learn. Thankfully, we got that teacher and so much more.
“We must take care that children’s early encounters with reading are painless enough, so they will cheerfully return to the experience now and forever. But if it’s repeatedly painful, we will end up creating a school-time reader instead of a lifetime reader.”
– Jim Trelease
For children, drawing is a way of seeing things, thinking about their world or sharing how they feel. For visual thinkers, drawing is like handwriting is for auditory learners. It is extremely important for them to feel comfortable with a way to express themselves.
Who doesn’t want to hear they’re awesome?! For the most part, awesome is in the eyes of the beholder and as parents of visual kids we can see the awesome and appreciate all the special quirks and talents that come with being a visual learner. A creative type, whose room is pile after pile of experiments or projects, who drives us absolutely crazy trying to get out the door on time and who can make a 10 minute homework assignment last all afternoon.
Drawing a heart doesn’t seem too difficult but for little hands it can be challenging to get those sides just right. Join Bette as she demonstrates how to get the heart to be the right size so your littles can make their own Valentine’s this year and revel in how well they can draw.
There are several different learning styles, and each has a direct impact on how your child learns, processes information, and their level of success in the classroom. Ten Ways to Help Your Child Succeed at School makes it easy for you to stay ahead of the curve and keep your child on top.