At Home Learning with Praise

At Home Learning with Praise

Mother helping son with puzzle

From incorporating math into your early learner’s daily routine, to sparking a love for reading, and taking an adventure from home, there are so many learning opportunities for your little one to take advantage of this summer. As your child learns and develops new skills, it will be important to motivate them as they are working towards their goals.

Praise is a great way to motivate and empower students, and meaningful feedback can play an important role in the development of children. Here are five ways you can empower your children through praise.

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1. Give Authentic Praise

Praise that comes from the heart can turn a child’s learning attitude around or give them the boost they need. Praise your children not only for what they accomplish, but also for what they try to accomplish. Let them know that you believe in them and reflect on any new skills they gain over the summer, like independence, time management, and perseverance.

2. Use an Encouraging and Respectful Tone

Aim to speak in a tone appropriate to the situation. Consider the words used and the atmosphere it creates. Children will respond accordingly.

3. Praise Specific Achievements

Praise is a great way to motivate and empower students. In addition, meaningful feedback can also play an important role in the development of children. Specific praise helps nurture the confidence we see in self-learners and can help identify a child’s capabilities and give them something to build upon. If we want to develop specific skills in our students, even our praise should have a purpose and be meaningful like, “You read that passage clearly, and remembered to pause at the commas. Great job!” By praising achievements, we help identify students’ capabilities and give them something to build upon. When used effectively, praise can boost children’s self-esteem, confidence, and perseverance through any challenge.

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4. Support and Motivate

Praise children who can discover and learn from their mistakes. As Kumon Students develop their self-learning skills, they will be able to identify their mistakes and learn from them. Motivate your child by showing them a job well done doesn’t necessarily mean earning 100% on the first try.

5. Know When to Listen

Know when to listen and observe, then use those observations to help individualize praise so it is meaningful for your child.

Praise is an amazing thing. When used effectively, it can boost children’s self-esteem, raise their confidence, and help them through any challenge.

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