SCHOOL- AGE CHILDREN who were started early on the right track by parents and caretakers who appreciated their learning efforts usually continue to exhibit interest in new things and are not easily discouraged by difficult projects or situations. These are the children who may ask to go to school on weekends, or who are upset by a fever that will keep them from attending classes. They may enjoy the company of other children, or perhaps the snack given out in school, but they also like the feeling of achievement and the idea that there may be something new for them there each day, and that being absent may cause them to miss it.
Because parents may not have the time, or may feel inadequate ("you gave me the wrong answer, Dad!"), tutors are employed by some parents to help their children do homework or catch up on work that should otherwise have been finished in school. Some schools may encourage this, so that after school hours children will have to spend more time on a one-on-one basis, or perhaps share the time with several other children whose parents have the same concerns about school work. It does provide the teachers/tutors extra income, or is a separate job opportunity altogether, but concerns have been raised about how this would affect children's attitudes to learning. It may certainly be even boring for them. And is it really necessary?
Tutoring situations vary greatly in many areas and schools. Many schools recommend tutoring when a child is not learning as expected. Parents may send their children for tutoring not only because they have very little time to do homework with the children themselves but also because they want their children to have an edge over the other students the next day, or the next week. Some parents may have the time but not the patience and end up fighting with the children over the work sent from school, so tutoring becomes the substitute for parent-child time with homework, which could be then make studying less stressful for the child whose parents expect a lot. The advantage of this setup is that the child may have more time for other things when he gets home and may even get to sleep earlier. One must remember, though, that tutoring done on a rigid schedule right after school may be too taxing for the already exhausted young student and learning could be compromised.
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PEDIATRICIANS KNOW THEY NEED TO SEE CHILDREN AT REGULAR INTERVALS especially during the early years, not only because there are
shots to be given but also because they can help parents with discipline and management of behavioral problems. Even more important, though, is the identification of delays in development and the subsequent management of these
so that the child continues to grow and develop at his best pace.
LANGUAGE SKILLS are often of great concern to parents. We know that speaking to a child with the use of descriptive words, using repetition, and adding correlation to other thoughts, objects, colors or experiences not only enriches the vocabulary but also makes learning more fun. It is always wise to speak to this new person with respect, as one would to adults. The verbal and social skills they evolve with this practice will serve them well when they venture out of the home.
THE TODDLER will be at that dangerous age of wanting to do things his way without being held, or without things being held for him, --"I do it, I do it!"-- so it takes a lot of patience for a parent to allow them this. Parents should be learning at the same time how to make compromises without disregarding safety. Many times, a short explanation made gently will make a child listen, provided he knows that the adult concerned has never lied or made exaggerations just so he would stop whatever it was he wanted to do.
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