Body language can tell you if your child is discouraged about learning. Here are examples of discouragement with responses that can help:
-Poor spelling test: "How close were you on this word? Six out of seven
letters correct!!! Can you find another one you were that close on?"
-Book is too hard: "By next year, this book will be easy for you, but for
now, you can listen to me read it, and you can tap me on the arm if you want to start reading again, OK?"
-Handwriting struggles: "Looking at this paper, I'd say you are getting better at this. Look at this 'R'. That's the nicest one you've ever made. You really are going to have nice handwriting!"
-Avoiding task: "Sometimes starting a job is the hardest part-can you try it for ten minutes and then let me know how it's going?"
-Slow reading progress: Try some humor: "Hey, I'm 35 years old, and I read at the 32 year old level, but it doesn't stop ME!!!" or, "You are reading better than I did at your age.Why do you suppose that is?"
|"There are many little ways to
enlarge your child's world. Love of
books is the best of all."
Quoted from the Colorado Council International Reading Association