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A father watched his son try to lift a heavy stone. He failed with each attempt. A helping hand goes a long way. All we have to do is ask. Unfortunately, this simple request is often as hard as moving the rock. Growing up I always wanted to do everything myself. I was out to prove something.
When we ask children questions—especially big, open-ended questions—we support their language development and critical thinking. We can encourage them to tell us about themselves and talk about the materials they are using, their ideas, and their reflections. This is the fifth and final article in this TYC series about asking questions that support rich conversations. During the past year, Conversations with Children! For this article, I spent the morning in a classroom of 3- and 4-year-olds, located in a large, urban elementary school in Passaic, New Jersey. All 15 children spoke both Spanish and English with varying levels of English proficiency , as did their teacher and assistant teacher.
Talking, singing, playing sound and word games, reading, writing and drawing with your child are great ways to set up a good literacy foundation. The key is to use different times and opportunities to help your child learn. It can be as simple as writing a shopping list, playing a rhyming game or reading a story before bed.
Selective mutism SM is an anxiety disorder that affects children in school, where they find themselves unable to speak, though they speak comfortably at home. In this guide we explain what selective mutism looks like in the classroom, and advise teachers on how to approach parents if you are concerned a student might have the disorder. We also offer tips for encouraging kids with SM to participate and verbalize, strategies for handling testing and advice on what to do if you learn you will be getting a student who has struggled with SM in the past. Selective mutism SM is an anxiety disorder in which a child is unable to speak in certain settings or to certain people. The most common setting for children with SM to struggle in is school. The disorder can be confusing to adults and painful for children, who experience so much anxiety that they actually feel unable to speak in certain situations, even though they can speak easily and comfortably other times, such as when they are at home with their parents.
Reading books aloud is one of the best ways you can help your child learn to read. This can be fun for you, too. The more excitement you show when you read a book, the more your child will enjoy it. The most important thing to remember is to let your child set her own pace and have fun at whatever she is doing. Do the following when reading to your child:. Once your child begins to read, have him read out loud.