10 Important Things Every Parent Should Know

by tr223 23. March 2011 23:41

10 Important Things

Every Parent Should Know

 

1 Every child grows at his/her own pace 2 A family is child's first

teacher and child's home is the first classroom 3 Children learn by

doing and listening 4 Children take pride in learning new things,

making friends, and their own independence 5 Early relationships are

building blocks 6 Children are social 7 Children learn through

repetition and variety 8 Children learn language at different rates and

times, and from a variety of sources 9 Children make sense of new

information by fitting it into what they already know  10 A child's

emotional development impacts their learning

 

Every child grows at his/her own pace. No two children learn to talk, express themselves or tie their shoes in the same way. However, generalizations can be made about the ages and patterns in which children acquire skills – for instance, children often say their first words between 10 and 14 months. Making a good match between what children are capable of learning and doing and the activities you provide for them is often referred to as 'developmentally appropriate practices'. Learn More

 

A family is child's first teacher and child's home is the first classroom. Even before an infant can talk, he/she is learning and growing. Scientists have gained exciting new insights into the biological workings of an infants' developing brain. Brain functions, language, and social relationships are blooming each and every day. A warm, nurturing, routine environment is ideal for learning. You don't need schoolbooks or a classroom for learning to take place. It's easy as talking about the food we eat, the way things grow, and the names of things in our home! Learn More

 

Children learn by doing and listening. Children learn about the world around them by exploring, questioning, touching, moving, and discussing. Children also learn about the world by watching and listening. We can make television viewing a learning experience by participating along with the show or by being thoughtfully engaged in the things we see and hear. Make TV time a learning time by watching (co-viewing) with your children, model activities from the program, and encourage children to play along and listen carefully. Learn More

 

Children take pride in learning new things, making friends, and their own independence. Feeling good about who we are is a cornerstone to a healthy life. For a young child, the world is a place that is constantly bombarding them with new challenges. Familiar friends, favorite songs, and predictable plots help a child feel confident in a busy world. Use the positive messages within your children's favorite educational TV programs as a time for your child to feel good about who they are and the things they can do. Learn More

 

Early relationships are building blocks. Children need a secure, nurturing, responsive environment to grow and thrive. The love and care they receive from their family and caregivers – the adults in their life – will shape their lifetime ability to form relationships that are meaningful. These early relationships build trust, confidence in others, a sense of safety, and self-sufficiency – all which lead to a lifetime of healthy learning and independence. Learn More

 

Children are social. Being social – hugging, holding hands, waving good-bye, and saying hello – is a way young children grow. Kindness, cooperation, generosity, and caring for others are learned through watching the actions of other people. Imitation is the best reason to choose Smart TV – TV that teaches. When your child sees another child being a good friend it helps him/her to model or imitate being one, too. Learn More

 

Children learn through repetition and variety. The more something is repeated, the more likely children are to remember it. Repetition in different forms also increase the chance of reaching children with different learning styles, and it gives viewers a more comprehensive understanding of the subject. Learning takes place when a, educational TV program, storybook, or activity is repeated again and again. Learn More

 

Children learn language at different rates and times, and from a variety of sources. Children learn how to express themselves (expressive language) and how to understand what someone is communicating to them (receptive language) from many, many sources. Each child has his/her own special rate of learning language. Building language skills can be as simple as talking with your child, sharing stories, naming things in your home, and retelling stories from storybooks, educational TV programs, and even family outings. Learn More

 

Children make sense of new information by fitting it into what they already know. From learning something from a TV program to reading a storybook, brushing their own teeth to playing in the park, children learn about new things by making associations to things they already know. For instance, a child will understand more about what happens at the post office after they receive a letter or postcard from far away. Learn More

 

A child's emotional development impacts their learning. Many experts believe healthy emotional development plays a major role in determining the kind of person a child will become. Children need support to develop a sense of self-worth, and to feel good about themselves despite common frustrations and failures. Appropriate television and activities can give children opportunities to better understand and express their feelings as they gain the patience and persistence they need to learn new things and accomplish new tasks. Learn More

 

   


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