It’s time to get down and decide a win-win deal together and take turns speaking and listening to each other. For negotiations to be successful create a situation where your teen will stay comfortable and alert enough to listen closely to you. The most important thing you can do is to keep any of your… Continue reading Your teen and you – No 4 – time to create a win-win deal
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.
First things First – do the important tasks first - the coaching - and all else follows. This is the first of two posts on how you can find the time, energy and space to help your child do well at school. Although you have realised that if you coach your child in reading, writing,… Continue reading First things first: How to support your child’s reading, writing, and Math skills
Handwriting helps our children learn easier - and it can be taught. I've already written in a previous post about how handwriting can help us learn and remember. Many of you might have children with dyslexia or learning disabilities and I still firmly believe that even if your child has poor motor skills, they can… Continue reading Learning how to handwrite is not an unnecessary skill….yet.
It is up to you when coaching your children reading, writing, and Mathematics, and you may be the weakest link. It is vitally important to coach your child in reading, writing, or Mathematics skills when they struggle at school. Yet important appointments, extra work, tiredness, personal difficulties, or unexpected visitors can easily take away the… Continue reading Get organised to succeed
Create agreements that make you both happy. This week I've asked permission to share an email from a concerned family coach who is working with me. She has a young boy who is working on improving his Mathematics and reading and writing skills and he is a very skilled negotiator - even though he is… Continue reading Win-win agreements make coaching your child reading, writing, and Mathematics skills more fun!
Haste makes for slow reading, writing and Mathematics progress: Relaxed, steady focus works. One new different thing reading, writing, Mathematics skills at a time. I often only begin coaching one area (reading, writing, or Mathematics) that a student finds difficult, and one reading, writing, or Mathematics skill they are comfortable with, and love. To begin… Continue reading Make haste slowly: Coaching your child reading, writing, and Mathematics the fast way.
If you are really going to co-operate with Nature’s plan for the development of intelligence, you take your signals from the child. Not from some book, not from some expert, .....you take your signals from the child. (Joseph Chilton Pearce cited in Brownlee, P. 2007) Taking our signals from our children: The importance of attunement.… Continue reading Respectful partnership: A buzz for you both
Is your child reluctant to go to school? Not bringing homework home? Refusing to read and write? Disliking Mathematics? Check out more signs of a child who may be failing to do well at school Recent research found parental involvement in children learning to read, write, and do Mathematics to be a key factor in… Continue reading Help your child develop their reading, writing, and Mathematics skills: Don’t leave it up to the teachers.
Last post I talked about the importance of teaching your child how letters make sounds to read, and how sounds make letters to spell, so they can begin to understand reading and enjoy writing stories. This post gives you tips on how your child can become a life-long reader. This student was taught phonics and… Continue reading The secret to helping your child learn to read.