By GreatSchools Staff
There’s a time and place for expert opinion, but sometimes the best practical wisdom springs straight from real life. GreatSchools is proud to introduce “What Worked,” a new series featuring tips and tales tapped directly from the source: fellow moms and dads. From facing down mean girls (and boys) to helping with homework horrors, GreatSchools members recount their child-rearing adventures in the hopes that what worked for them just might work for you. At the very least, we hope these short takes will inspire you to try new, creative tactics tailored to your child’s needs.
For our first edition, we asked parents to share ideas for boosting kids’ learning. One family celebrates a new letter each week, while another uses “time-outs” to teach times tables. Read on for more tricks for your early learner.
To help me come up with fun learning activities for my kids and also help my preschooler learn her alphabet, our family celebrates a letter (or two) each week:
Yes, the less common letters do pose a challenge — what a great way to give [my] brain a workout too! — by crab12
An easy way [to teach my children to spell their names] was having them sing their name to the tune of the “ABC” song. Once they were able to spell their names with the song, we would sit down and write it out. It worked for my kids and others who used my advice. — by shaydon903
Did a teacher in school ever make you write "I will not talk in class” 200 times? When my daughter had to learn her multiplication tables, we worked and worked on them. I knew I had to find a way for her to really learn and retain them. One day she did something that needed disciplining, and I had her sit down and write her multiplication tables several times each. I used this as a discipline action from then on until she had fully retained them. To this day she credits that discipline to her learning and retaining them — and this summer she is using the same tactic on her 8-year-old son. — by KalebsDa
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