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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Independence

One of the things that will help your child most at school is a growing sense of independence. Being able to do things on their own gives children confidence to try other new things and to take risks. This is a good thing in many areas. If a child will take a risk, they will be more willing to try to figure out an unknown word or to try solve a more complicated math problem. They become what we call self-extenders which means that they begin to learn on their own and this makes them feel great. You can help your child with this by asking them to do things that they are capable of doing on their own. I know that it can take way more time and patience on your part (believe me, I know) but it really does pay off in the long run.  So ask your child to do those little things that they are capable of doing on their own.

Some suggestions might be:
learn to write their last name
learn their address
learn a parent's phone number
tie their own shoes
zip their coat
turn their coat right-side out
put on their own band-aids
make their own sandwich or bowl of cereal

These little things will help them become more independent and feel more confident and this will carry over to their academic growth as well.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.

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