The last few weeks have been hard. I mean lost sleep, way too much yelling, and tears after bedtime hard. I lost my cool so many times I can’t count and all of me would like to hide under my sheets until I can pull myself together. Sometimes this parenting thing really throws you some curveballs and you can’t dodge or catch them fast enough.
- Get Creative in Learning your kid’s learning style: Though every child learns differently, knowing how your child learns makes you a stronger advocate. You can share and provide tips when working with your child’s teacher. It’s great to know and verbalize your kid’s needs, because they are one of many in a class (not bad, just reality). Trying flash cards, art projects, interactive apps, videos, and games help you gauge what your child leans towards in comprehending content. I’m noticing that Kai does very well with all of those and I’m still learning more!
- Have a learning time in your schedule: It’s okay to carve a specific time in your day and/or week that’s dedicated to learning and academic growth. I have shied away from this in efforts to not “overwhelm Kai,” but he has eaten up our 10-15 minutes a day of skill work. We started off with 5-7 minutes as his attention span was a concern and are close to 10-15 now! I time it as I know he will be required to maintain focus for that long with a few breaks in between.
- Find Resources!: From Pinterest to Target and even ALDI I’ve found awesome skill workbooks and ideas that have been so helpful. It has also taken the pressure off of having to come up with it all. I will be sharing my favorites soon!