Learn WITH Your Child!

Hello everyone! Hope you all find yourselves well! Today my good friend Diane Lang extends her ‘Back to School’ tips by offering all of us ideas on being active supporters and facilitators when it comes to helping our children learn!


Encouraging your child to learn

Encourage conversation – extended conversations – keep asking the children questions, show interest with non-verbal communications like smiling, nodding the head and touch. Pat their arm or shoulder while they talk.

Encourage them to describe events in detail; let them express their emotions: Example – wow, you went to a horse farm – was it fun? What did you do there? What were the horses names? Were you excited?

Add new words with their meanings every week (i.e., “Word of the week”): use repetition to keep them from forgetting. Use real life sentences/examples so they understand. Use visuals.

Read out loud to kids – story/circle time – use books with pictures – kids are visual learners, they understand new words/stories when they can connect them with pictures

Ask kids open ended questions: let them be creative, make up their own stories, rhymes, jokes, songs, etc.

Encourage children to draw and write. Let them draw a picture and then write a story underneath. Then have them read the story back to you and ask questions. This shows your child that writing is fun!

Preparing for Back to School- August 24th  12-1:30 pm  FREE Workshop

Where: Whole Foods in Madison, NJ

Join Whole Foods Market Madison and Diane Lane, MA for tips and suggestion about the best way to prepare your child for the upcoming school year.   The end of summer break means no more going to bed late, sleeping late or playing outside till dark. This is the time when kids think new classrooms, teachers and friends.  Whether your child is starting pre-school or elementary school, it can still be an anxious time for both the kids and their parents. However if you prepare your child for school you can help sooth their nerves and have a smooth transition into the school year.  A complimentary light lunch will be served to all participants. Register via email at rcm.rsvp@wholefoods.com or call customer service at 973-822-8444

Be a positive parent – read my latest article on positive parenting tips!

FREE Meet & Greet Ingrid Prueher and Diane Lang!

When: Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:30 PM

Where: Metro Minis;821 Park Avenue,New York,NY10021

Join us for more information on our Parent Prep classes. Come meet us and ask questions about any parenting topics. We look forward to meet you!

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4 thoughts on “Learn WITH Your Child!

  1. Great post and as a grandmama to a 4 year old girl, I can use these with her. She lives with us 3 to 4 days out of the week and we play word games anyway, but these are great suggestions!


    1. Glad these were of help to you, Patsy. You? A grandmother? You certainly don’t look the part (then again, my mind picture is Days of Our Lives’ fame Frances Reid and Alice Horton, who passed away only a year or so ago? I think, anyway?)

      Thanks for the virtual visit. Let me know how you make out with these tips!


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