MamaBlogger365 – Encouraging Your Child to Learn by Diane Lang

Like lots of other moms, you’re probably working hard to prepare your children for a new school year, whether you’ve already started or have a couple of days left of summer “vacation”… here’s Diane Lang with some tips on how to help your child start the year off right!

Encourage conversation – Encourage extended conversations by asking your children questions. Show your interest with non-verbal communications like smiling, nodding your head and touching — pat their arm or shoulder while they talk.

Encourage them to describe events in detail, let them express their emotions. As an example, you could say, “Wow, you went to a horse farm? Was it fun? What did you do there? What were the horses names? Were you excited?”

Add new words, along with their meanings every week — “word of the week” — and use repetition to keep them from forgetting. Use real life sentences and examples so they understand. Use visuals.

Read out loud to kids, like story or circle time. Use books with pictures — because kids are visual learners, they understand new words and stories better when they can connect them with pictures.

Ask open ended questions to kids. Let them be creative, make up their own stories, rhymes, jokes, songs, etc.

Encourage children to draw and write. Let them draw a picture and then write a story underneath. Then have them read the story back to you and ask questions. This shows your child that writing is fun!

Good luck!

Bio: Diane Lang is an educator and Life Coach. Diane has dedicated her career to helping people turn their lives around and is now on a mission to help them develop a sustainable positive attitude that can actually turn one into an optimist, literally. A therapist and educator of Positive Psychology, she has seen that it can provide a strong foundation for finding great happiness and is gratified that it is becoming a mainstream method of treatment. As an expert in her fields of therapy, Diane has been featured in the Daily Record and Cookie Magazine, seen on NJ 12 TV and the national television program “Fox & Friends”. She has also participated in a reality based Internet show, ourprisoner.com, hosted Generation X-tinet and appeared in various educational videos. In addition Lang writes a bi-weekly column “The Balancing Act” at www.thealternativepress.com and sharing her expertise on parenting and living a positive lifestyle on The WTBQ Expat Show.

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