THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
This article gives a breakdown of how to create the right environment for productve learning. We aim to create the right envronment at school. A lot of the points on this list are about how a positive home environment can help your child to learn.
SAFETY AND SECURITY: from physical and emotional harm
Â· Learning is risky â we donât get things right first time
Â· Put-downs make us fearful and anxious of trying new things
Â· Make mistakes OK!
Â· Model mistakes â make your own mistakes public knowledge in the home!!
Â· Show that we learn from mistakes and that they are simply feedback to tell us what to do better next time â âOK we could improve that byâ¦â
Â· Make sure that you give 4 positive comments or praise for every 1 comment that can seem negative
ASPIRATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENT:
Â· Encourage your child to share their dreams with you about their future
Â· Be positive about whatâs possible â turn âI canâtâ into âI canâ or âI can with helpâ
Â· Be positive and share your own aspirations â âI am really looking forward toâ¦â
Â· Children who can dream eventually begin to set goals and work towards them
Â· Teach your child to work towards goals over time â donât give instant rewards all the time â put off the reward sometimes to later or another day
Â· Choose and cut out magazine pictures with your child which show things she would like to be and do - and make a collage of dream.
Achievement and success
Â· Catch your child being successful often â even the smallest things â e.g. brushing hair, cleaning teeth without being told to or reminded; celebrate the occasions when they use a new word appropriately or makes a sensible suggestion; spend time celebrating work that they bring home from school.
Â· âSuccess breeds successâ If successes pass unnoticed then human beings begin to believe they âCan't doâ
Â· Be specific about what your child does well, say: âThank you forâ¦â; âWell done for..â
Â· Encourage your child to notice how they have improved on their personal best over time
Â· Record success â make a âThings I Can Doâ board â display it prominently â refer to it and update it often
Â· Our brains enjoy challenge â but too much and we perceive threat â not enough and we become unmotivated and passive.
Â· Children learn best when they have a slightly difficult task they have to work at
Â· Donât âcotton-wool-ballâ your child - help him deal with everyday challenges and develop his own coping strategies
Â· Be there to talk your child through the mistakes and try to seek other solutions/options
Â· Donât rush to help when your child struggles with a task â encourage persistence
Â· Help them to see that tasks can be broken down into smaller chunks that can be tackled one at a time
Â· Use mind maps to break a task down
FEELING VALUED AND INDIVIDUAL: building self esteem, identity and confidence
Â· Every child is a unique individual â encourage individuality
Â· Allow your child to follow her own interests â not just yours
Â· In following own interests we build a picture up of our strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes â we begin to form a picture of who we are
Â· People with a strong sense of who they are, are often more resilient and confident in life
Â· Encourage your child to talk about feelings â especially boys
Â· Take an interest in your childâs enthusiasms â share your own
Â· Avoid negative comparisons with others in the family
Â· Help your child to draw a picture of the bad feelings they have sometimes and talk them through
EMPOWERED BY A SENSE OF BELONGING
Â· Everyone needs to feel that they belong
Â· Children need to feel valued and loved by all those around them
Â· Children who have a strong sense of belonging will make friends more easily
Â· Make time to be with your child â talk and listen
Â· Establish routines â meals, bath times, reading together, bedtime
Â· Involve your child in agreeing the routines â then be consistent and fair
Â· Show your child exactly what you want her to do rather than what not to do
Â· Keep a family photo album - look at it together sometimes to talk about the people in it
MIND FRIENDLY LEARNING
Provide challenge and celebrate success every day