Giving children music lessons won't just introduce them to a world of rhythm and melody – it could also significantly improve their language skills.
We are delighted to host a guest post from Kate at Beanstalk, a children’s literacy charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one reading support to primary school children to improve their reading ability and confidence.
The discipline system is referred to as the Raise Responsibility System because it promotes a DESIRE for responsible behavior. This is different from the usual approach aimed at promoting obedience. Simply stated, obedience does not create desire. However, when you promote responsibility, you get obedience as a natural by-product.
As a Pediatric Speech-Pathologist, I do a lot of talking! There is another strategy I use just as often, and that’s waiting. Waiting is a powerful tool. It provides a child with the opportunity for communication and a meaningful context for language learning. When we wait, we are also giving a child extra time to process, which can be very beneficial. Below are several ways Speech Pathologists use waiting. Here are ways you can use it throughout the day:
When faced with defiant or violent behavior, most parents try “Plan A,” where they impose their will on an oppositional child. The problem? Plan A doesn’t work. Parents who move to “Plan B” — a collaborative and proactive parenting style — have a much better chance of solving their children’s behavior problems.
We all have students in class who look as if their brains may have been hijacked. These are the students who have a faraway look in their eyes and struggle to stay present during the school day. They fail to make efficient transitions between activities and classes. They often arrive late and can't get oriented to classroom tasks. For years, I have referred to these students as "daydreamers." But after learning more about what is behind their struggle to stay present in class, I've come to realize there is a serious problem with doing so.