Intelligence: Does your child believe that it is fixed at birth or that it is something that can grow? Carol Dweck, a leading researcher in the field of motivation, has found that children hold either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset when they think about their own and others intelligence. Have you heard your… Continue reading How does your child perceive their own intelligence?
Help your child develop the homework habit Time spent together is precious. As well as homework time to practise skills they are learning in school, children need time to play, read, chat with you and with their friends, help out in the house, and have free, unstructured time to explore and enjoy their world. Homework… Continue reading Tips for successfully helping children develop the homework habit.
Is your child reading regularly? If not, what is stopping them from choosing to read? You might think they don't read often because of all the electronic gadgets they use, or that they prefer sports, or that they have never been good at reading....But they are still not enough reasons to not read. Do you… Continue reading Reading – it’s important: Help your child read more often.
Homework needs to be done! Homework helps your teen learn and remember. Getting your teen to sit down and actually concentrate on completing homework can be a challenge - and I encourage you to face that challenge with me over the next few weeks. Why should your teen do homework? Recent educational research shows that… Continue reading Why does your teen do homework? To learn and remember.
Does your child lose concentration, learn very slowly, or become frustrated and bored easily with homework? Are you trying to help a child do homework who doesn't seem to be able to concentrate? Or who is often talking about anything but the maths or reading or writing task in front of them? Perhaps both of… Continue reading Make homework time easy: Help your child concentrate and learn faster.
Emotions help your child learn and remember faster. When our brain becomes emotionally involved as we learn, it is stimulated to make more patterns, which help us to learn and remember more easily and faster. Joe Dispenza wrote an article which has lots of useful information on how our brain works. Strong reactions created… Continue reading Emotions are useful: How to learn and remember
"This is easy, my child should remember it.” When you first start helping your child learn and remember skills and knowledge they need, you may be impatient that your child quickly masters what you are teaching them, and feel deep disappointment when they don’t. You might notice that you have impatient and judgmental thoughts about… Continue reading Small steps climb the mountain: Chunking helps your child learn and remember.
Help your child learn and remember by chunking. Why chunk your child's work and time? Chunking is when you break down skills or knowledge into small, careful coaching steps that your student can learn and remember with a little effort. It is the same process a wise person uses when when they begin to exercise… Continue reading Chunking. A better way to help your child learn and remember.
Revise revise revise when learning - the key to remembering Reading, Writing, and Mathematics skills Children are often not getting enough time to revise the reading, writing, and Mathematics skills they are learning in class. Regularly revising new skills, even when your child seems to have already understood and be able to use the skill,… Continue reading Revision is the key
Revise, revise, revise! Over-learning, rote learning, practise, and revision are all words that have gone a little out of fashion the last years - to our children's detriment. The longer I work with children, the more I become firmly convinced that regular revision and practise of basic skills enables children to easily master and use… Continue reading Keep revising basic skills with your child