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As children stack, create, interlock and try and try again, they aren’t simply building a simple structure, they are also building their minds. As the research clearly shows, the time, expense and effort you invested into this pastime is something that will pay off down the line, especially as they make advances in their education.
Some children seem drawn to math-related subjects while others try to avoid anything with numbers like it’s the plague. If you have a child who dislikes math, it can be a difficult hurdle to overcome. At its worst, the problem can cause anxiety so intense that math-phobia is a term educators commonly use.
When it comes to learning, the eyes have it. Once the visual information goes in, the brain gets to work interpreting what it sees and deciding the next step. That’s called visual processing. It’s easy to see how visual processing skills are crucial to success in school and learning. Kids need these skills to recognize a misspelled word, to notice when math problems on a worksheet switch from addition to subtraction to multiplication, and to spot the correct LEGO piece in a jumbled pile so it can be snapped in place to complete the latest model.
Kids’ ability (or lack of ability) to develop self-confidence early on may have a profound effect on the rest of their lives, including their careers. “From dropping your child off at a play date, or sleep away camp, being away from parents helps to build and foster independence because children won’t have mom or dad to run to if they need something,” states a recent blog on TheLittleGym.com. “Watch your kids’ self-confidence flourish when you let go.”
Being in the zone sounds like fun, but educators talk about how finding it is key to deeper learning and mastery of skills.
Ask any parent about developing their children’s reading skills, and chances are, they can come up with a ready list of solutions: set aside time each day for quiet reading, and read stories out loud, even if the child is too young to read. That’s because we all know...
Teachers are important people in your child’s life. A good fit versus a bad one can make all the difference in your child’s success during that school year. Someone else has an equally important role in your child’s education, and that’s you, the parent! Many teachers...
Whether your child is 2 or 12, many parents are familiar with a certain twitch that flares up inside: Time to fly in and rescue the kid from that tangled mess.
The intention is always good. After all, we don’t expect kids to solve problems too big for them to handle. But as we mentioned in a recent blog, being in rescue mode all the time does your child no favors in the long run.
Life is busy, especially with work, extracurricular schedules, activities and other tasks that have to be done. Still, it's important to carve out some meaningful time with your children. Not only does this improve the parent-child relationship, but you can also...
Recently, a panel for the Milken Institute talked about how to bridge that gap and discussed a future where 1.4 million STEM jobs will need to be filled in the next five years, but only 16 percent of high school students are interested in these fields. Though the panelists discussed big picture, 10,000-foot vantage point solutions, their insights are actually instructive about what parents can do today to prepare their kids for the future. Based on that hour-long discussion, here are three things for parents to consider.