3 Things S.M.A.R.T. Parents Need to Know
1. Frequency. Intensity. Duration. - It’s how the brain learns
Largely due to increased testing, children are not receiving enough “inputs” of information in school these days. Learning is based on repetition. Children need to be given more inputs (taught lessons) more frequently, intensely, and over a longer duration. Too often we test children by giving them an input once or twice and expecting that they have mastered it. Instead, children must receive more inputs and not be asked for the output until they have truly learned it and feel comfortable.
2. View Children Developmentally – We all develop at different rates
Parents (and teachers) must view children developmentally, not chronologically. A child who is 6 could be 4 developmentally speaking. Since every child matures differently, depending on his or her family, living environment, and genetic makeup, they must not be expected to progress at the same speed. Stimulation to the brain (especially through movement), has a tremendous impact on their ability to learn; they must not be rushed and it is important they experience some level of success early on.
3. Play Outside – It builds a better brain
In a world dominated by television, computers, and video games, children are spending more time sitting down, indoors, and staring at video screens than ever before. At the same time, more children are being diagnosed with learning challenges and developmental delays. Playing outside exposes kids to the natural elements, boosts their immune systems, enhances brain development, and greatly contributes to their overall health and well-being. Find a fun outdoor activity that makes your child happy!