Keeping kids healthily engaged in their experiences with adults truly changes the trajectory of learning. Whether the child is learning how to tie their shoe, multiply or treat folks with respect. Checkout these tips to help ease the journey of learning for the child and the adult.
1. Be patient. Sometimes you’ll realize that in trying to teach a child, you needed to know more about that child before trying to get them to retain new information. If that’s the case, slow things down, let the child’s needs lead the lesson.
2. Give kids and yourself space to make mistakes. The more you model how to make a mistake and learn from it, the more children will respect you. The more they respect you, the better the engagement when it’s time to learn.
3. Provide scenarios where the lesson being taught has been applied OR not applied. Either way, they’ll have a better grasp of what’s being taught once they can envision the scenario.
4. Allow them to ask questions and be inquisitive. Let’s normalize kids asking “why”. If they understood, they wouldn’t be asking why.
5. Tell them to restate in their own words. Once you feel you’ve taught the lesson, whether it be how to separate their laundry into piles or 10x10 or how to properly do a workout, tell them to explain it to you in their own words. As they’re explaining, guide them through. Make corrections to grammar, pronunciation, tone, etc.
6. Do everything with love. If the child feels things are forced and shady, they will respond that way. Give children the adult you needed when you were a child.
I hope these tips help a parent, teacher, coach or any adult that spends a lot time with children. Because if the whole child is not engaged in their experience with you, it creates a power struggle. Nobody has time for that! Lol!
Y’all be easy ❤️