Teachable Moments

Behavior Modification Tips and Strategies

Learning does not end once your child leaves the classroom. It is important to always get your child thinking about school-related things even once they are out of the classroom or out of school.

This does not necessarily mean assigning numerous worksheets, or even practicing writing or math skills. It can be something as simple as asking your child, “What did you learn at school today?” or “What have you been learning in math? Are you learning about adding and subtracting numbers?”

Most teachers give a newsletter at the beginning of the week that informs the parents of what the class will be focusing on that week. After school each day, get your child thinking about what they had just learned in school to see if they can remember. Ask your child to give an example of something they have learned or something that they really enjoyed at school today. Ask them what their favorite part of the day was.

During school holiday breaks, when you see your child playing with their favorite toy at home, ask them if they could pick one friend from school to share their toy with, who would it be? This gets your child thinking about social and academic aspects from school. If your family is going on a long road trip, or flying from an airport, play a game to see if they can recognize colors, words, letters, and numbers. This can be done for all ages—we see it here at BDS with our 2.5 year olds all the way to our third graders!

Telling your child that it is a game will make them think about special skills without knowing they are learning. When students start to see that they need academic skills in their real life, away from school, it makes them excited about learning and more willing to try and succeed in the classroom.  Good luck!

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