As a college-prep school, our grammar school curriculum is full of enriching topics that help our students as the grow and prosper, including:
- Fine Motor Skills
- Language Word Study
- Oral Writing Language
- Research Skills
- Social Science
- Work Habits
- Word Study
This is by not just playtime. All items on a classroom’s open classroom shelf should have an educational purpose.
Children Teaching Children
No matter how we try to get an idea or subject across to a child, sometimes we just cannot connect. This is when children teaching children comes into play. A child who has grasped a topic may be able to relate it to another child easier or on a more basic level than we can. This removes a teachers or parents frustration and the stress from the child. Children have a natural way of explaining things to each other on their own level.
Charts are a great tool to be used in the classroom for displaying achievement. Not like Ross Perot, but in a way the children can see exactly what they have achieved. We live in a very competitive world and in order to get ahead in life you must be competitive. This must start at a very young age to be natural. With charts there is no need to tell a child that they are not moving ahead quickly enough. They can see this by the chart and will push themselves.
Praise and Self-Confidence
These are major needs in a child’s growth. If children are made to feel stupid they will never have the self-confidence they need to get ahead in school. As we know, all children achieve academics at different times at different levels. Praising a child on real achievement makes them want more. Announcing their accomplishment to the class builds their pride and self-esteem and also pushes the natural competitive spirit of the other children to do the same. Telling a child how great they did can move them ahead quickly and build a lifetime of self-confidence. Praising false gains only engenders distrust.
Sometimes a subject or topic can be difficult for a child to grasp. This is when hands-on-teaching becomes a helpful tool. Teaching phonic sounds to a very young child becomes basic when a plate of whipped cream is set in front of them to trace their letters in and say the sound as they lick every single finger. Teaching fractions has never been easier when a whole cake is cut into equal portions to share with the class. Taking a globe with a lit candle and turning off the lights to represent day and night on earth and how the earth goes around the sun is very effective. Use your imagination to gain their attention. Hands-on-teaching is easily grasped and not likely forgotten for some students.