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October, 2019 Monthly archive

Many angry parents lament that their child does not take homework seriously. This warrants a question – how effectively have such parents communicated the importance of homework in education to their children in the first place?


Our kids must know for certain that we, as parents, consider homework important and significant. Here are some tips by Helene Goldnadel for parents to achieve this:


  • Ask the child after each school day what homework the teacher has assigned
  • Set aside fixed time for homework, and ensure that the child is not distracted by TV, friends or mealtimes during this period
  • By the same coin, ensure that the child does not do homework during times set aside for play, chores or family togetherness times
  • Let the child know that you’re available for helping out with the homework
  • Let the child know how homework is important in the overall context of education
  • Make encouraging remarks such as “Good boy” or “That’s my girl” when the child announces that homework is done
  • Check with teachers regularly to get feedback on how your child is doing on the homework front
  • Firmly refuse to cover up for the child with notes to the teacher if homework has not been completed


Apart from the above, it is very important to assign a dedicated place in the house for doing homework. Ideally, it should be in the child’s room, but this is not mandatory. If your child is happier doing homework at the dinner table or at the spare table in your study, then that should be the dedicated ‘homework place.’


No matter which place your child chooses, make sure it is properly lighted, quiet and otherwise comfortable. The table and chair should be of appropriate height and size, and all necessary supplies (dictionary, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, spare ballpoint pens, etc.) should be at hand.


To be able to teach your child the importance of homework, you as parents can start by displaying the right values yourself. Nothing sets a better example than letting your child see you read, write and generally engage in thought-based activity with the right degree of seriousness. It is a proven fact that children of parents who read a lot tend to pick up the habit themselves. Showcasing your high regard for regularly doing certain tasks at certain times will help your child understand the importance of structured activity.


Most importantly – the next time you’re tempted to agree with your child that homework is boring and a pain, think again. Children pick up their values from their parents. This is your chance of imparting the right attitude towards homework, so choose your response carefully.

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Although it might feel as though you are not getting anything practical done, when you are actually layering the foundations of knowledge, you are in a more powerful position in the long term to be able to make decisions that affect your child within your interactions and for their lifestyle for many years to come.


Having the knowledge is crucial for parents because parents are the ones that spend the most amount of time with their child, know their child the best and will sustain the duration with them over their lifespan.


Below are the top reasons by Helene Goldnadel why you need to educate yourself in autism:


1) Having the underlying knowledge as to WHY you are doing something is SO much more valuable than just being told to do something and do it. Why? Because you will find so many more opportunities to achieve the ‘why bother?’ throughout your day as opposed to doing the ‘what’ once or repeating it over and over.


2) Parents know their child better than any professional ever will. Put this together with the knowledge a professional knows and can apply, and you are more likely to achieve amazing things with your child. As a consultant it is my goal to pass on the knowledge that you will require to make the most advances with your child.


3) New developments. You may think to yourself ‘alright already, I know what autism is, let’s just get on with it’ BUT there are always new developments in research, child development, strategies as well as various perspectives to take on from different approaches. I am not saying that you need to know EVERYTHING before you can do ANYTHING but having an open mind and being receptive to learning as you go along will only equip you with a better stance to help your child. The fact of the matter is you never stop learning; each time you find another piece to the puzzle.


4) Layering the foundations and groundwork of any approach before doing it can only encourage you to understand what you are doing better, gain clarity on why you are doing it and what your goals are that you are aiming to achieve from doing it.


5) Be the change you want to see in the world! If you are expecting others to have a better awareness of autism, then it’s probably a good idea for you to educate yourself in autism so that you can then share this knowledge with other family, friends and members of the community. Let’s face it, if we leave it to authorities it may not ever get done and it’s just too much to expect professionals to cover alone, we ALL need to play our role in this area.


Most parents did not have autism in their life plan, I know. We learn to deal with the lessons life throws at us and for some reason or another, this is where we are right now. It’s time to embrace it, learn about it and take on the challenges we have been given and come out the other side, braver, more experienced, knowledgeable and stronger beings.

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The human brain is an amazing thing and it starts soaking up information and learning the moment we are born. The first few years of life your new baby will grow and develop at an astonishing rate, they will transform from a totally helpless infant into a confident well accomplished 6 year old going off to school all by themselves.


Through the eyes of a child the world is an infinite scary place. It is a parents responsibility to provide their basic survival needs like food and water but, parents must also teach them to grow into productive adult members of the community.


Children have short attention spans but are eager to learn everything! Their attention spans are so short in fact, once they learn a skill they do not remember a time they couldn’t do it. Each time they master a new task their confidence builds.


For a child to learn it should be fun and challenging. Sometimes they work best when a parent is close by encouraging and participating, but by the time a child is two or three the parent could be a distraction. Buying them educational toys is the key to helping them learn new things.


Researchers have done a lot of studies and they continue to find new information about the human brain and how it works. They have put a lot of effort and money into developing and manufacturing age and developmentally appropriate educational toys.


The good news is you do not have to spend a lot of money to have educational toys that your child will love and learn from. There are limitless opportunities to teach your child all they need to know. What you need to recognize is the opportunity to teach.


  • When you are outside: Talk about the clouds and the weather, look at the trails in the sky from passing jets or airplanes, what is the difference, and why don’t helicopters leave a smoke trail? The seasons offer an excellent opportunity to talk about the colors and texture of leaves and the amount of bugs seems unlimited. Why do you need to water the flowers and grass and why do you stop the water? Why shouldn’t you grab handfuls of sand from the box and throw it high in the air? Which direction gets the sun and why it is important are key to a healthy crop in the garden.


  • When you are in the house or waiting room: A simple scrap of paper can make an airplane. Crayons and pencils teach colors and fine motor skills. Telling stories and talking about what you are going to do develop communication and critical thinking skills. Singing and dancing are fun and develop memory and large motor skills.


  • While you are riding in the car safety should always be talked about. From seat belts to behavior children need to be taught how and why to ride safely in the car. Then you can talk about the different kinds of cars, why it is called a tractor and trailer and the safety issues compared to a car. Kids love to see and talk about school buses and emergency vehicles and the different purposes they serve. When you travel through construction zones you could find yourself in the middle of an argument about the differences between a backhoe and a tractor. Local landmarks help children develop an awareness of space and direction.


Helene Goldnadel is of the view that you don’t need to spend a lot of money or be a genius that the best way to benefit your child is communication. Without you to encourage and explain their natural curiosity a child does not know the answers.

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