How to Help Your Children Develop Independence
One of the main goals of the Kumon Math and Reading programs are its focus on helping students develop into independent learners. In fact, it is one of the main reasons why the Kumon Method has been successful for over fifty years. Through the Kumon program, students are tasked with taking an active role in their education through daily practice. By allowing children to actively participate in their learning, as opposed to passive learning, it provides them with the opportunity to learn at their own pace and gain confidence.
As Kumon helps your children become independent learners, you can help encourage them to develop their independence outside of school. We have listed tasks and activities that your children can be responsible for at home:
- Take responsibility for their possessions
By encouraging your children to take care of their toys, clothing, and books, you are helping them become more independent and more accountable for the things they use. Resist the urge to clean up after your children when they make a mess. Be sure they follow through with cleaning up by setting rules or time limits on when their items need to be put away. Also consider the many ways to make cleaning fun.
- Caring for a pet
Caring for a pet is a great way to in still responsibility in your children. Ask them to feed their pet regularly by setting a specific time and sticking to the schedule. Depending on the age of your children, they may need additional reminders to feed their pets, but encourage them to fill their pets’ bowls with food and water as needed. Not only will your children feel more responsible, but it will give their confidence levels a boost, especially if this activity was previously handled by an older brother or sister.
- Doing chores
Depending on your children’s ages, assign specific tasks that they can handle. For example, ask your toddler to help wipe down the kitchen counters and tables. If you have older children, try giving them chores with wider responsibilities, such as doing the dishes, folding laundry, and vacuuming.
- Helping out in the yard
Throughout the year, your children can help out with various outdoor chores. During the spring and summer months, watering plants, gardening, and pulling weeds are great activities to get your children interested in nature. These tasks are available to children of all ages. In the fall, try raking leaves as a family and see who can build the biggest pile of leaves.
What chores do you get your children to help you with around your home?