- Set goals with not for your child. Then focus on one at a time.
- Make your child aware of his or her improvement. Reward achievement.
- Direct praise to the task at hand.
- Try not to show disappointment if your child doesn't do as well as you'd like.
- Be enthusiastic. Show humor.
- Be prepared to teach as well as help.
- Use concrete, hands-on materials whenever possible, especially with younger children.
- Help your child build associations between what she knows and what she is learning.
- Provide adequate practice to facilitate overlearning.
- Provide variety. Switch from one subject to another and take breaks to keep up attention.
- Encourage creative thinking. This is an opportunity your child may not be getting at school.
- Encourage independence.
- Take every opportunity to build your child's self-esteem.
- Show a positive attitude toward your child's school and teacher. Work with the teacher not against her.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Why are we more impatient with our own children? Try these tips, courtesy of about.com