Showing posts from 2017

Does Every Accomplishment Need A Prize? Learning About Expectations

When my children were young, we had certain expectations of them.They were expected to be cooperative, to be good family members who were respectful & helpful and to do their best at school. My children didn’t expect not did they receive monetary awards or gifts for their grades.From the time they were very young, we tried to teach them to feel pride and be self-motivated by their own efforts without expecting the world to shower them with prizes.After all, when they became adults, their boss at work was not going to give them a reward every time they completed a project.Though some occupational efforts may reap a bonus or a lovely holiday gift, it shouldn’t be an expectation for every action.
How do you teach children about expectations and pride in their accomplishments without running to the bank or the toy store?You have to start very young with their first difficult tasks.I was on Facebook recently and commented on a thread about toilet training.A parent was looking for advice…

Is It Still True That #lovewins?

Two years ago, I wrote the article “When #lovewins So Do Future Generations.”The US Supreme Court had ruled that the Constitution guarantees the right of same-sex couples to be married.For so many Americans, it was a day filled with hope and admiration for a more understanding and compassionate world than the one in which we were raised.It was a sign that we were evolving, progressing and becoming a more accepting world.
Is that still true?Two years later, we seem more polarized with people to the far right and far left with no way or desire to come together.We struggle to discern fact from “alternative fact” and to remember that an “alternative fact” is fiction.We are like those early learners who cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality because we are bombarded with the strangest mix of both.In two years, have we changed so much or are we seeing that which we didn’t want to see?
I spend a lot of time with young children. They do not see differences in a negative way.They…

Play vs. Learning: It Isn’t a Competition

More and more often, I notice articles, social media posts and television hosts asking the question “Should your early learner be playing or learning?”The question might be disguised in a sensational headline or a TV soundbite as alleged proof that learning is more important than playing.Just like so many other stories vying for your attention, these claims are a means of getting you to click or tune in and are not based in best practices for teaching young children.
We’ve learned not to believe everything we read and that couldn’t be truer than about the information being disseminated regarding learning and play.It isn’t a competition.Children do not either learn or play. They learn while they play.Early learning requires your children to be engaged, to have their curiosity piqued and to be interactive with their environment.Young children learn best, learn the most and learn more deeply while they play.
Think about the best learning experience you have ever had in your life.It doesn’t…