“Create the opportunity for your child to learn a new skill by delaying your anticipation of what they need or want.” Sandra
Your child can learn to do various task based on their abilities. How?. . .
1. You create the opportunity by not doing it for your child.
2. Do not, I repeat, do not anticipate their needs.
3. Teach skills which will build on their abilities and you provide encouragement and support as needed.
When learning opportunities are created, progress happens.
- If your child has strong sorting skills, introduce a task focused on sorting. Putting away utensils and dishes, sorting laundry and sorting items into new categories.
- Read a book about a favorite interest. Your child may not sit quietly, however, they are listening and learning new facts and vocabulary. A bonus about this activity is, it creates together time.
- If you observe your child expressing an interest or initiating to be involved, encourage and brainstorm how can you build on what your child has demonstrated.
- Stage an opportunity to focus on a skill you want your child to learn or develop. Tap into your creative side and create a scene to play out a scenario to teach greeting others.
Remember your child wants to learn, yet they need your help to develop, discover and explore.
I challenge you to brainstorm ways you can exercise and personalize at least one of these examples to create a learning opportunity in your home.