A lot of parents want to know how to teach their children. Most of us go our own ways about it. I mean, how hard can it really be to teach a child? After all, we have also been a child at some point in our lives, haven’t we?
So, we sit with our children and try our best to teach them the reading skills, hoping that it wouldn’t take long. But it doesn’t always work this way, does it? Check out also this video with tips on how to teach children phonics:
There are methods and techniques to teach a skill to a person. The good thing about following a guideline is that it works. We can sit for hours and try our own ways but the success rate in following such a procedure is very low.
Now, I’m not saying that it will never work, it can work and I’m kind of hoping that it does. But such an approach is very time consuming and we are also not sure if it is definitely going to work or not.
Therefore, following the methods that have been invented by the professionals in the industry is our best chance to achieve success in a shorter period of time and if your child is hard of hearing, check out this post as well. Here are 10 tips on how to teach your kids:
- Teach in a fun and loving environment: What does your child like? Does he or she like being outdoors? Create an environment where your child feels happy and comfortable. Such a thing can lift a child’s spirit and prepare him/her for learning. Although, some would say, well, wouldn’t that distract the child? No, it wouldn’t if you grab their attention.
- Make it short and sweet: Understand that your child is too young to concentrate on one particular thing for an hour. Kids are not like that (Well, unless you have a brainstorming genius in your house)! The maximum amount of time should be 15 minutes. After that time teaching cannot be as effective with children.
- Proper rest and sleep: Did you know that our brain works on newly learned material while we are asleep? Your child needs proper rest and sleep. In order to accumulate all that is being taught during the day, it is very important that your child gets proper sleep during the night. Many parents have jobs that require foreign language skills and this will actually benefit your child as well if sufficient sleep is provided.
- Revise and Repeat: Alright, so you taught your child a few things just 2 days ago and now he/she doesn’t remember that. Do not panic or be frustrated! It is very common among children to forget newly learned material over the following days, unless, it is revised and reinforced through repetition. Improve your chances of making the knowledge secure in your child’s brain by following a daily schedule of revision.
- Use pictures: Take yourself, for example, you have so many memories of your childhood and your past. How do you remember them? Do you have a scene or a picture attached to every memory that you carry inside your brain? Our brain stores most of the past events in a visual form. So, it is needless to say that only letters will not do the job. Add pictures along with teaching and it will be a lot easier for your child to grasp and remember what you taught.
- Every child is different: I see so many parents who become jealous of other kids. They get so impressed with them that they start to feel that their own child is not as good. Such a thing could build a massive inferiority complex in the child. We are all not made to be millionaires or university professors. Everyone has their own learning curve. Where there are children who are very good at grasping information there are also children who are not as good. Do not be discouraged by this, as we all know that not being able to do one thing is not the end of the world.
- Using the senses together: It has been proven that it is easier to get involved in things which involve more than one of our senses. An activity which involves hearing and seeing is far better than one which involves only one of them. Parents can make the process of teaching more engaging by using not only seeing and hearing but also doing. Keep in mind that teaching a child in a bilingual environment usually benefits the child considerably.
- Do not discourage: In some cases, you will see that no matter what you do your child is not able to learn. If such a situation arises, do not discourage yourself or the child. Even though you know that your child is poor at learning but at no point, you should tell this to your child. Instead, seek advice from a professional.
- Praise immediately and you must: Hey, you did an excellent job 2 weeks back. The answer: oh wow, did I? If you must praise your child then do it immediately. Immediate encouragement works wonders. It will not only build self-esteem in your child but also increase the level of confidence.
- Regularity is the key: Be regular with your teaching schedule. If your child is supposed to have a 15-minute teaching session with you at 5 o’clock then 5 o’clock it is. It can not be an hour earlier or an hour later. Such an approach will make the child realize that this is important. Also, it will teach the child a lesson for life that important things always need to be done first.
Now a word on TESOL/TEFL
Our world has rapidly become a real “global village” and people and countries are coming more and more together and faster than ever before to engage in professional and personal relations. In this contemporary of transcendence and engagement, mastering, or learning English is key. Therefore, the need for English trainers and teachers has become greater than ever before. These TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) professionals have a universally valid degree to teach the English language overseas. The work in language institutes, schools, as private tutors, or in corporate houses.