• Help Your Toddler Develop Good Study Habits

    While preschoolers spend their days in play, it’s not too early to prepare the way for big school.
    by Kachela Albert-Mariano .
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    The best time to teach good study habits to your child would be during their everyday activities. Below are a few ways to help your toddler eventually transition from preschool to big school.

     

    Designate a study area
    This should be an area that is specifically meant for studying. A study table is better than the family’s dining table. Make sure that this table is always clutter-free whenever your child starts studying or doing school-related activities. The study area should also be free from distractions, which means away from the television. You may include a radio if your child works better with music provided that you play the kind that stays in the background.

     

    Writing and reading materials should be within your child’s reach
    Telling your toddler where the writing or coloring materials are and how to use them whenever he or she wants encourages your child’s creativity. You should remind your child, however, to use up only what is needed and where it is okay write (for example, at his study area). Keeping reading materials at hand strengthens their initiative to learn.

     

    Make sure your child has enough rest
    Give your child ample rest and sustenance before studying. Forcing your child to study or do homework right after a preschool session may only strain both of you. Allow at least thirty minutes to an hour before starting on homework.

     

    Let your child read and follow instructions on his own
    At first, you may have to model to your child the process of studying.  Ask your child to get his assignment notebook by himself. Let your child read the instructions and observe if your child understands. If your child comprehends, let your child proceed. If not, show your child how the assignment is done.  Remind your child that next time, he will be the one to do it.

     

    Monitor your child’s work
    It is necessary, at first, to check if your child has done his homework and if he has done it well. Make sure to give specific and positive feedback if your child has done well. If not, be sensitive when pointing out what needs to be improved and make sure to praise your child for making an effort.  

     

    Share different learning strategies or methods with your child
    If you know some learning strategies like mnemonics (memory aids), share them with your child. You must observe, though, if it is effective for your child. One learning strategy that works for one child may not work for another. There are many different ways that a child can learn. You will have to observe what your child’s strengths are then use that knowledge as motivation. For example, if you observe that your child is visually stimulated, you may post what he has to memorize on the wall or write it on paper or  a board. If you observe that your child is kinesthetically gifted, you may use games, exercises, or role-playing that will enable him to understand concepts better. If his strength is in math, asking logical (i.e. how, why, and if) questions would help your child understand and remember lessons better.  You may also just start trying any of these methods and see which one works best. Eventually, you will find yourself becoming more creative in developing your own techniques in teaching.

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