Help Your Child to Learn and Grow

November 29, 2018

Research has shown that parental involvement is the most important factor in a student's success in school. That being said, ESL makes it a point to build a relationship not just with our students, but also with our students' parents and guardians so that together, we could all think of and practice the best ways to provide a conducive learning environment and meaningful learning experiences to our ESLians.

On November 27, 2018 and November 29, 2018, ESL held the biannual Parent-Teacher-Directress Meeting at our Baliwag and Malolos branches, respectively. During the meeting, we strove to address all our students' strengths, needs and concerns for them to have not only the best ESL experience, but also the most appropriate early childhood education. Oftentimes, this endeavor entails parental participation at home as well.

Here are some tips that we would like to share that will help your child learn and grow:

  • Play "I Spy" with your kids by identifying and saying the names of common things around you - animals, body parts, colors, shapes, and other useful vocabulary. For example, while you're on the road you could tell your kids to point when you say, "I spy a red car!"
  • Encourage your child to "read" by looking at the pictures in the book and telling their version of the story. You may also read books to them and talk about the pictures using simple, child-appropriate words.
  • Use simple, clear phrases when talking to your child.
  • Ask them simple questions, particularly the whats, whens, wheres, and whos.
  • Describe and talk about your child's emotions. For example, you can say "I can tell you feel mad because you threw the puzzle piece." Encourage your child to identify feelings in the shows they watch and the books they read as well.
  • Do not correct your kids when they say words incorrectly. Rather, repeat their sentences but with the correct grammar structure. When your kid says, "I go to the mall yesterday!" You can answer, "Oh, you went┬áto the mall yesterday?"
  • Count common items, like the number of crackers, stairs, or toys that they encounter.
  • Encourage your children to say a word ('open') instead of pointing. If your children cannot say the whole word, give them the first sound ('o') as a clue. Over time, you can prompt your child to say the whole sentence ('Please open this').
  • Spend more time praising good behaviors, such as following instructions, rather than punishing defiant behaviors.
  • Encourage empathy. For example, when your children see another child who is sad, encourage them to hug or pat the child.
  • Suggest that your child pretend play an upcoming event that might make him or her nervous, like going to school for the first time or staying overnight at his or her grandparents' house.
  • Play with blocks, balls, puzzles, books, and toys that teach cause and effect and encourage problem-solving.
  • Play make-believe with your child, especially with toys that are conducive to pretend-play, such as dolls, telephones, cooking sets, and costumes. Let your child be the leader and copy what he or she is doing.
  • Encourage them to drink from their own cup and use a spoon when they eat, no matter how messy.
  • Ask your child to help with simple chores at home, like sweeping and setting the table for dinner. Praise your child for being helpful.
  • Hide your child's toys around the room and let him or her find them.
  • Give your child art materials such as crayons, paint and paper. As they work on their masterpiece, describe what they are making. Once they are through, hang their work on the wall or refrigerator.
  • Kick a ball back and forth with your child. When your child is good at that, encourage him or her to run and kick.
  • Take your child to the park to run and climb on equipment or walk on nature trails. Watch your child very closely.
  • Teach your child to play outdoor games like tag, follow the leader, and duck/duck/goose, though free outdoor play without any structured activities is also beneficial to their development.
  • Arrange play dates or play groups for your children. Allow them more freedom to choose activities to play with friends, and let your children work out problems on their own, for the most part.
  • Hold your child's hand while going up and down stairs. When he or she can go up and down easily, encourage him or her to use the railing.
  • If your child breaks a rule, give him or her a time-out for 30 seconds to one minute in a chair or in his or her room. Explain what they did wrong afterwards so they would realize why they earned a time-out.
  • Use good grammar when speaking to your child. Instead of "Mommy wants you to come here," say "I want you to come here."
  • Play your children's favorite music and dance with them.
  • Take time to answer your kid's "why" questions. If you don't know the answer, invite them to look for the answer in a book, on the Internet, or from another adult.
  • Teach your children their address and phone number.
  • Orient your child to time concepts such as morning, afternoon, evening, today, tomorrow, and yesterday. For the older toddlers, it may be appropriate to start teaching the days of the week.
  • Your child might start to talk back or use profanity (swear words) as a way to feel independent. Do not give a lot of attention to this talk, other than a brief time-out. Instead, praise your child when asking for things nicely and calmly taking "no" for an answer.
  • For toddlers aged 4-5 years, it may be a good time to start talking about safe touch. No one should touch their private parts except doctors or nurses during an exam, or their parents when they are trying to keep the child clean.
  • Explore your child's interests in your community. For example, if your child loves animals, visit the zoo or animal shelter. Go to the public library or help him or her safely search the Internet to learn more about the topics he or she is interested in.
What other activities could you think of? Have you tried any of the abovementioned activities before? We'd love to hear your thoughts! Tell us in the comments section below.
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