People often ask me how did I teach my children. I love when I get the opportunity to share how we homeschooled our kids. But what I love even more is helping parents teach their children! Let’s talk about how to teach children well!
Parents have been led to believe that one needs a degree or some special training to be a good teacher. I wrestled with feeling like I didn’t have what it takes to be a teacher for many years. I had neither an education degree nor special training. What I did have was a desire to provide an excellent education for my children. But that didn’t mean there weren’t times I felt inadequate for the job. Honestly, I’ve never met a parent who didn’t question themselves from time to time. The truth is education isn’t a mystery.
In today’s episode, I’ll unpack three key strategies that will help you teach your children.
How To Teach Children
- Know your child.
- Encourage them to try.
- Manage your expectations.
We must keep in mind that children have a natural desire to learn. The key is for us to nurture their curiosity and not drive it out of them.
How to Nurture Curiosity
- Create a positive attitude about school.
- Look for signs of readiness.
- Work toward mastery, not a completed worksheet.
How We Can Help Our Kids
- Show them we believe in them.
- Allow them to pursue their interests. (This doesn’t mean they don’t have to do subjects they don’t like.)
- Let them observe success being modeled.
- Be available when help is needed.
- Match readiness with a subject
- Let them experience what they are learning in the real-life.
- Provide plenty of activities for them to explore.
We run into trouble when we forget learning new concepts take a lot of brainpower. You need to know how to help a child who struggles with staying focused and isn’t ready to move forward.
You don’t have to have a degree in education or special training to teach children well!
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