Saturday, December 26, 2015

How To Start Teaching Very Young Children

Let’s start teaching the young kids with this start-up article.  More articles will follow that explains how to teach very young children.

You must always bear in mind that you are handling very young kids who are individually different in their behaviors. No two children are exactly alike, even twins couldn’t be exactly the same.

What makes it harder to handle very young children is that they are still moody and have a very short span of interest. So, it’s up to you to find ways to make them interested and listen to you. And remember that not all children are fast learners. Some are slower than the others and these types of children should be given more time to cope with the others.

Very young children need more time to play and less time to learn their ABC. Take note of that so that you can be a more effective teacher to young kids. The longest time possible for a very young child to listen is only ten minutes. After that, the child will find things to do because he gets bored.

At home, tutoring is easier and more convenient, especially with a non-working mother. This is because she can have all the time to be with her child and be able to integrate teaching while rearing.

First thing first. Always start introducing things to your child very early on. Real things are the best tools then followed by pictures and then you can use other objects such as toys and other real object models. By doing this, your child will be used to seeing things and relating them to each other.

The first step when teaching young children is to show and tell. The child learns by using his sense of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. If these five senses are well developed at a very early stage, chances are that the child will become very perceptive and could figure out things easily on his own.

Children love learning new things and it is good if you are always there to guide your child through. There is no limit to what the mind could assimilate; just start feeding your child’s brain with good things and the rest will follow.

It's Never Too Early To Start Your Child's Education

Getting started to teach your very young child is often the hardest part but if you started very early introducing your child all the things around him then it wouldn’t be difficult. When the child is aware of the things around him then it is easier to teach him in the future.

The usual problem in almost all the children I have handled in the tutorial center is their ignorance about the things that exist around them. 

Most young children even some older children do not know the fruits and vegetables save for the fruits and vegetables that they regularly eat like apples, oranges, bananas and mangoes. They don’t know a peach, a pear, a jackfruit, a mangosteen and many more fruits. They also do not know the vegetables that they are eating. So, in order for your child to learn the things around him, make sure that you are teaching them these things.

Ask a child what a hoe is and he will shake his head meaning he doesn’t know what a hoe is. Ask him what a tablet is and he will surely tell you in detail about it. So, these things are simple but they will have a huge part when the child will soon start his formal education. As I always say, start the child’s education early on and start at home.

Children learn easier and better if you do it naturally. Hands-on experience is always the best teacher. Say for example, you cooked cabbage, carrots and bell pepper; you can let your young child watch as you prepare the vegetables then mention the names of the vegetables one by one. It is good to let the children know what they eat and what they see around them. That way, in the future, they will not be ignorant about the things around them.

When I teach the young kids, I always let them touch the real thing, especially the fruits and the vegetables. If possible let them taste the fruits so that they will have better retention about the fruits you are talking about. Relating the fruit to the taste will make them remember the fruit and have better retention.

Pictures are very helpful but if possible opt for the real things to show the children. Of course this is easier done at home.  Most materials in school are pictures and tri-dimensional objects that are copied from the real thing.

Even if your child is very young, you can teach him about the objects he touches and sees around him. This is important because this is the start of his education.

When is the Best Time to Teach My Child?

The question, “When is the best time to teach my child?” is a huge problem especially to new parents, but this should not be because there is no right time when to teach a child. Teaching is a process that starts once the child is conceived and it continuous for as long as the person lives.

This is why, the earlier you teach your child study habits, the better for your child to cope in school.

Do not say it is still too early to teach your child. Teaching and learning go hand in hand and the process starts even while your child is inside you and you are talking to your child. The child inside the mother absorbs everything that the mother does and says. 

It is therefore, important to develop good habits that the child will learn from you.

My observation as a teacher for more than thirty years shows that the children who are born from professional parents have better perception and understanding than those children whose parents are elementary or high school graduates. My best students are often the children of teachers, nurses, accountants, lawyers, and engineers.

It also helps when one parent is not working and has the time to follow-up the school lessons of the child at home. It is very important for a child to have follow-up lessons at home or with a private tutor especially when they are in the lower grade levels. We always recommend parents who want their children to have tutorial lessons to avail of tutorial programs until the 5th grade. We don’t encourage tutorial lessons to higher grade levels unless of course in some special cases when the child needs more assistance in the higher grade level.

Most of our students stop tutoring when they reach the 4th or 5th grade. It is the ideal grade levels for a student to stop private tutorial services and start learning to study on his own. Being independent is a plus when a student finally learns to study without the guidance of another person. This is because in school, whether the child likes it or not, he has to do things on his own.

Parents often report to us the progress of their child when their child finally learns to be on his own. Most of the parents are very happy because the child has developed a study habit that became a part of his daily life.

Instilling good study habits keeps the child in the right tract while in school. This is why it is very crucial to develop good study habits while the children are young.

As I said, “There’s no right time to teach a child. You can teach your child anytime and at any age.

Friday, December 25, 2015

My A-Z Towards a Better Teacher

To meet the needs of the children and be an effective teacher; here is the alphabet to teaching young kids:

  • A- Act like a mother to the kids and make them feel important and loved in the classroom.
  • B- Build a good foundation for the kids to start their life right and become better citizens in the future.
  • C- Children should be your priority so that they will learn more effectively.
  • D- Develop the basic life skills early on in the children; like being responsible in taking care of their things and being independent workers. This will help them a lot in the future.
  • E- Earn the respect and trust of the kids. Once you have earned the respect and trust of the kids, the classroom situation would become better for all of you.
  • F- Free the children from their cocoon. Let them grow and develop into productive people.
  • G- Give the kids what they deserve. Awarding the kids and giving them incentives for their performance will help them to participate more in class activities.
  • H- Hone the kids’ talents and skills and make them better people as they grow up.
  • I- Instill in them the good values needed to become good people.
  • J- Join them in the activities in class and teach them to enjoy class activities at the same time have fun.
  • K- Keep the classroom alive and harmonious by using strategies that are effective to the kids.
  • L- Love the kids like your own. If you love the kids you will always make sure that they are doing fine in school.
  • M- Motivate them properly. It is important to motivate the children properly so that they will be interested in what you want to teach them.
  • N- Never shout. Do not shout when there is no fire in the classroom. You will be scaring the kids and making them hate school.
  • O- Open up to your pupils so that you will all feel comfortable.
  • P- Plan your daily activities to avoid problems once you start teaching the kids.
  • Q- Quit all negative thoughts and actions so that the kids around you will always feel good and comfortable with you.
  • R- Refrain from playing favorites. All the kids are under your care and you should be fair to all of them.
  • S- Strengthen your relationship with the kids and make them part of your day to day life. They should be important people to you.
  • T- Think of the kids’ future and help them become better people.
  • U- Understand individual differences and don’t expect the same performance from the kids.
  • V- Vary the daily activities so that the children will not get bored.
  • W- Work with the kids especially those who cannot follow well.
  • X- Xerox copy all the works of the kids and display them so that they will be inspired to make more.
  • Y- Yearn for the best to give the kids by using effective methods of teaching.
  • Z- Zero-in on making the learning process more effective for the kids.

Monday, December 21, 2015

How to Teach Very Young Kids

When it comes to teaching young kids, the more they play, the more they learn.  Studies and observation show that when kids are having fun learning, they are more likely to learn better than when they are forced to do and learn something.

When you teach kids to write, you don’t let them write their name immediately on the first day; instead you teach them how to write one step at a time.  To very young kids; writing is a hard task.  It takes time before they can properly grasp the pencil and scribble something.

You can start teaching kids to write by allowing them to hold crayons.  Pencils are a no- no to very young kids since they can hurt themselves or they hurt their classmates with the sharp edges. 

Teaching very young kids is one of the hardest tasks that a teacher or a parent can do.  It takes a lot of patience before you are able to train young kids to write but you can let them color as they like on their paper.  Kids learn by committing mistakes and you must let the kids color freely without forcing them to color properly.

You can only correct the young kids with the way they color if they have gained confidence to do their work alone.  Most kids start school without much confidence in their ability so it is important to gauge each child in order to make learning more effective.

Kids do not want to be forced into something.  They want to have fun doing things and they want to learn on their own.  You can guide them and hold their hands as they work but you cannot force them to do something that they think they cannot do.  This is a case to case basis since there are young kids who want to do things on their own but most young kids do things with guidance from older people.