Your child may be considered a slow learner but that does not make him a no-learner. There are things parents and other child care providers can do to help encourage their child that will help prevent him from giving up on learning out of frustration.
Read on for a few hints that you can put into action immediately.
1. Reward effort.
Not every attempt is going to result in success. Make it a habit to praise your child for trying. By encouraging the attempt to succeed, you let the child know that it is important to try, for success will never come if they don’t.
2. Express confidence in the child.
Child care often starts with the caregiver being the only one who believes in a child’s ability. Show your child that you are confident he can succeed. By consistently expressing your confidence in his ability, he will learn to have confidence in himself.
3. Show that failure and success come hand in hand.
Rather than think of a failed attempt as overall failure, teach your child that success often does not come without failure. Treat unsuccessful attempts as lessons in what does not work and help him think about what can be done differently the next time to increase the chances of succeeding.
4. Show them that trying does pay.
Give your child examples of successful people who kept trying and finally succeeded. Stories of the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison and others will show them that even the greatest accomplishments required hard work and many attempts.
5. Don’t assume they know something.
Your child may be doing fractions but that does not mean he has learned the basics of how to multiply or even add. Don’t assume he has already mastered one skill simply because he has been asked to do the next one.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three Preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.