Almost all parents and caregivers teach their children to say, “thank you.” They hope it becomes an automatic response from their children when someone gives them a gift, says something nice to them, or helps them. While teaching children to say “thank you” is important, it is not the same as instilling a sense of gratitude in them. Gratitude for kids needs to be taught--and modeled--to turn those “thank yous” into something felt and not simply a mindless, automatic response. There are a variety of tools to help kids with affirmations of gratitude.
Virtual learning, whether a homeschooling family chooses it or an unexpected circumstance such as the COVID-19 pandemic requires it, may seem daunting. At times, parents can struggle to recognize virtual learning benefits, but they do exist. By recognizing these benefits, parents can make their kids’ virtual learning experience more educational and enjoyable.
Parents and caregivers want to help their kids succeed whether they’re regular homes learners or temporary ones, assisting their children who are remote learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing that’s needed for that success is for home educators to define virtual learning expectations for kids.
When kids know what is expected of them, they can better focus while in their virtual learning spaces. For those who are struggling to know what’s best for their kids, these tips can help create a virtual learning plan that incorporates expectations and much more.
Music fills most homes these days. Smart speakers make it convenient to play favorite songs with a verbal command. Even children can request favorite tunes with just a sentence aimed at the right device. But is simply playing favorite music—songs, whole albums, instrumentals, soundtracks from beloved movies and more—enough to gain all the benefits of music for children? Or should music be incorporated in multiple ways in the lives of kids to gain all its benefits?