Wednesday, January 2, 2013

School Spirit...

SO... This is a late post but it hit me all of a sudden and I'm like I gotta quickly write this and get it posted. I don't know if you all know or not but I am a former tutor, special education advocate and mentor, therapeutic recreation specialist, and all that goodness. I may not have mentioned those things however, I have been working with children of all ages and abilities for about 6 years now.  And when the children return to school tomorrow they are turning over a new leaf. It's a new year a new attitude and all of those wonderful things. Therefore I have a few tips to help really turn around the school year or just to make sure it keeps running smoothly:

1. It is not nor never is it EVER too late...

This seems like a common societal theme, that "oh I have started something off bad and there is no hope it is all over." Not true! It is never too late nor will it EVER be too late to give something everything that you have to give it. Let the babies know that even though things may or may not be going well keep at it.

2. Encourage THEM...

Whether you feel as if it is effective or think that they are listening or whatever... They hear you they may not be listening but they hear you. NEVER stop encouraging our babies even if they don't belong to you. I talk to so many children, adults, and just people in general who say "gosh, I just wish my mom would have cared" even if you don't care make yourself care and give them that push! We all need pushing!

3. Congratulate THEM...

Sometimes we forget to congratulate our babies for even just the small things or when they aren't being on their best behavior. Positive reinforcement is the KEY. Emsley is really coming into herself now and I have a lot of days that she hasn't been the best but I make certain at least one time during the day to say something like "good job lifting up today, you'll be walking in no time." if you get into the habit, it will be a habit.

4. Structure...

Help them develop structure. Designate work time and break time. Too much of either one could have a negative outcome.

5. Communicate...

With the teachers and anyone else who is involved with your child's learning. I can tell you from sitting on the other side of the table if a parent made themselves present so did the teacher. If they feel that you don't care they won't either. Let your child know that you are communicating with the people involved in their learning assuring them when you have questions or concerns you ask and teach them to do the same.

6. Use your resources...

If your child is struggling DON'T wait until the last minute. Reach out EARLY to the teachers, tutors, Mentors, etc. FInd the help that you and your child need because it is out there. If they are struggling with a subject practice something from that subject everyday.

7. You Gotta Read to Succeed...

Reading, help your child develop this love early. So they can expand their vocabulary and be an overall well rounded person.

8. Be realistic...

Know your child and what is realistic and what is a bit far fetched. Focus on your babies' abilities rather than their inabilities. Don't compare your child to anyone but your child. LORD FATHER FROM HEAVEN help them learn their learning style it may change it may take work but it will be well worth it. There is nothing worst than teaching a visual learning in an auditory format.

9. Patient and persistent

Be patient but never give up trying. When I do an interview and I get the question "what is your best and worst trait?" it's my perseverance and persistence. It can be a good thing and a bad thing because I know how to beat a dead horse. Always be there for your child but more importantly teach them to be there for them self.

10. Nothing Beats a FAIL...

Except an out right fear to try! Tell them that and let them see you try new things, your fears, your failures, try agains, and successes.

Its only January so there are a lot more months of school. Time always equals opportunity to try. Take these tips or not. Whatever you do let's get our babies motivated and educated.

Love ya!

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I really love school spirit. I don't think we had enough of it at my school. Team spirit just makes the whole school feel more united and solid. I feel like there would be less bulling this way.

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