Look your child’s teacher in the eye, shake their hand, and introduce yourself, using your child’s name as well as your own. Communicate that you care deeply about your child and their education.
When we hold these two truths in our heart simultaneously, we increase our opportunity to positively influence our children in the long term—even if we appear to be “losing” to them in the short term—because our children are always watching and modeling themselves after us, even if they aren’t listening
The takeaway: Rich environments foster learning all by themselves — especially when children enjoy them with other children.
Want to watch a master teacher at work? Spend a few minutes watching a mom play with her one-year-old on the floor. She’ll choose a toy that might interest her child, and she’ll place it within reach. If the toy
Stories help us discover who we are, start important conversations, and help us understand and relate to other people. Tell lots of stories to your kids.
We might wish we could be perfect parents, but our children need to see us being imperfect to learn important lessons about life and themselves.
Efficient learning usually starts with desire. Parents or teachers provide help, but only after the child has struggled a bit on their own.
There is no one best teaching method. Like carpenters, effective teachers choose the teaching method that suits their objective in the moment.
Children who grow up in this kind of environment will already know the rich pleasure to be had from constantly growing understanding of the world.
Learning is rarely successful when parents or teachers tell students about the world without discovering and building on what children already know and believe.