Helene Goldnadel


Childhood Exploration and The Benefits of Learning and Education

Between the ages of one and five years old is the time when children become incrementally interactive with their environments. This means that this is the prime time for parents to emphasize exploration and the benefits of learning and education to their child. Distractions in the home such as television and radios can take away from positive interactions with family for the child. This is the type of distraction that can lead to intellectual negligence on the part of the parent, even when physical needs are met. Our technology today has become an easy babysitter for many parents and this is not the way it should be.


Environments for school programs that include focus and teacher interactions have more effects on competence outcome than many people realize. Most believe that so long as the proper skills are covered then the class itself is meeting its goal. It has been found though that programs that focus on skills rather than the children themselves (not taking time for individuals) can leave students with lower competencies, expectations, and pride than they would experience in a classroom oriented toward the children. Schools are meant to have positive environments, as well as promote social and cultural interactions in the classroom. Teachers who are socially competent can help to create these beneficial class environments because they lead by example and help the children to practice their social skills. This social competence will also alert the teacher to any child needing additional social instruction (or other type of instructions). This creates a wonderful competence inviting environment for the children.


Positive teacher - child and peer interactions during classroom activities foster engagement and lead to improved skills for the children through practice. Nevertheless parents are the child's first and most prevalent influence in development and behavior, especially prior to actually beginning preschool. Although the parents are still considered the most influential at this point, the children are already beginning to migrate more toward peer relationships.


Parenting that is meant to endorse competence in their children needs to include immediate feedback to help the child master the task and create feelings of autonomy related to activities. Responsiveness is one of the best things a parent can do to create a proper atmosphere to enhance competence motivation in their children. This makes the child feel secure in the relationship and more willing to explore the world around them. If a parent is responsive enough to their child's needs then they can even override disadvantages such as poverty or feelings of discrimination.


Also read: Tips by Helene Goldnadel on Choosing the Right School for Your Child 

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