How well have you learned your child's personality? Can you talk about their likes and dislikes, whether they are a morning or night person? Their coping mechanisms for fear, anxiety, or trouble? How they most feel joy or pain? How they show love? Getting to know your child's personality is important all the time, because as they grow and learn more about themselves and really grow that identity, it will change!
People’s personalities change as they grow up. Sometimes people’s personalities change because of experiences they have, and sometimes because they work hard to change their personalities. Knowing your child can change the things they don't like about themselves is important, and you can support these changes.
Ask your child to describe his or her own personality. Describe for your child how you’ve seen his or her personality change, and the good things you see in it now.
One of the key foundations of Math in the 21st century is that students need to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Being good at math is not a matter of getting the answer correct and quickly. That sort of Math is foundational, and kids need to know their facts, but will only help them for so long, and will not help them with problem solving unless it is a very easy problem. How students think about Math, persevere in a problem, and work through it is just as important as knowing their facts. When kids encounter a sophisticated math problem, they need to develop a plan of attack. They then need to carry out the plan. Then they need to check the plan and see if it was accurate and efficient. When students struggle through this, they learn more!
Students that they can build intelligence by using new approaches and strategies, trying new things, and working through difficulties. The understanding that they can strengthen their brains, and that can help them achieve more in school and in life.
Tell your child about a time you had to learn something new. Explain whether it was hard to learn and how you learned it. Ask your child if there’s anything he or she would like to learn to do this year.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.