It's Like Starting From Scratch
HOW DO WE HACK THIS?
“Always be a good role-model for children.”
You've heard that phrase before. It is a universally accepted rule of thumb when it comes to teaching, parenting and interacting with youth.
As important as those 6 words are, they’re also vague.
Breaking it down to one of the hot topics being debated by behavioral and speech experts around the world: The implication that language has on the minds and developing multiple intelligences of young children is huge.
With the Covid 19 pandemic having rocked the world of education as it was once known, the value of re-establishing routines, talking to and with children and modeling expected behavior has never been so important.
Transition Tactics For The Reluctant Returning Learner
Some, if not the majority of children reentering school have faced some form of behavioral shift, be it socializing, communicating, or the simple of act of returning to a class and class structure.
It may have seemed exciting during the initial days and carried on as such, or you may have noticed an initial exuberance followed by patterns you hadn’t expected to encounter.
Your child can’t remember to pack their belongings.
The activities and study materials you faithfully went over with them while homeschooling seem to have shifted out the window.
The simple act of greeting an adult or former close friend/ classmate may suddenly seem challenging.
And that’s because it is.
DID YOU KNOW?
That by the time your child is 5-12 months, they’ve already begun to develop and use their “intelligent thinking”. They have tried out cause and effect tactics during the early stages of their cognitive development and are now beginning to learn and test out what actions result in varrying reactions.
Yes, it may be a one-sided conversation at first, but frequently talking to and with your child, and using language in the context that provides a warm atmosphere, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your child begins to open up and verbally engage more.
Make It Fun!
Children love having fun with language, and in the same way mathematics can be incorporated into everyday life, so can vocabulary building. Saying rhymes, singing songs, playing charades or acting out finger plays. There’s no better way to develop a love for literacy by keeping it interesting, fun, repetitive and of sometimes, just plain silly!
For younger children, who often have a very keen perception of object placement and its function this is particularly challenging. (E.g. “I used to walk up the stairs holding the railing. Now I follow arrows that point to where I go. It’s not how I remember how my school looked.”
Remembering that your child is:
Assimilating their new environment and the reactions of their parents, teachers and peers
2 Absorbing their environment, testing and seeing how they fit in
3: Adapting to their environment, e.g., accepting school rules, routines and structure.
So don’t worry if your child is struggling to adjust or not quote “catching up” the way you were hoping! As long as clear boundaries are established and maintained at home and school, they will quickly develop new and positive patterns.
One final factor: Communicate with your child at the range of comfort they are at. If you know your child already gets nervous when speaking with people they don’t know, ease them into the experience rather than coaxing them into responding as they used to.
As teachers, we make sure to individually notice through term assessments if your child is outside the age range for accomplishing a skill or task and adjust their learning methods to suit the needs of each child as best they can.