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Helene Goldnadel

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A Parent and Teacher Challenge for Educating Children

Children respond to positive expectations. When a child is expected to perform well in their academic subjects and the expectations are conveyed in words and actions, the child respond to it positively. On the other hand, if it is expected that the child will fail and all the interactions with the child conveys that message then you can expect failure and ultimately a child who drops out of high school.

 

What parents, teachers, administrators must understand is that each child is born with tremendous potential. The human brain has almost limitless capacity for development. However, it needs early stimulation and the curiosity of the child needs to be nurtured and encouraged.

 

At an early age, the parent who is the child's first teacher, must begin talking with the child when the child first begins to speak. Begin with single words recognizing objects at home and outside and then quickly move to three word sentences, four word sentences, and onward. Children acquire the mastery of communication and the mastery of language by having conversation.

 

This early stimulation and fostering of creativity in the child builds a powerful foundation for learning. Children learn through play. Nevertheless, even in the age of computer games, reading to the child remains essential. Educational computer games can be complimentary, but should never replace reading to your child, letting him both hear the spoken word as well as recognizing words in print.

 

When I was a youngster, the local libraries in the neighborhoods in which I lived had a summer reading program whereby kids could check out books for the entire summer after school let out. This encouraged youngsters to read during the summer and not just playing sports and go to the movies.

 

Even after play, I found time to read and developed the love for reading which I still have. Urge the libraries to establish a summer reading program if it is not currently happening in your community.

 

Helene Goldnadel suggests that both parents and teachers should closely observe their children and begin to recognize each child's unique strengths and talents. One child may show a capacity for music; another child may show a capacity for math; another child may show a capacity for arts; another child may establish relationships easily and, still another child may show a capacity for athletics. The concept of multiple intelligence remain significant.

 

Many youngsters may show a combination of intelligence or a capacity for excellence in certain areas. To neglect to develop the brainpower and the intelligences inherent in our youngsters is a disgrace and detrimental to the progress of our country.

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