Archive for January, 2011
Even for a child who is making good grades, a day of learning at school brings a vast array of emotions into play. There will be excitement and anticipation, and moments of discouragement, with a whole host of emotions in between. Just as life is filled with highs and lows, so too is the learning process. Perhaps you have heard the saying “learning is work,” but for children learning is their work.
For school students who are struggling with academics each day, negative emotions such as frustration or discouragement begin to slowly erode confidence and self-esteem. Depression, avoidance of schoolwork, apathy, and even anger are emotions that learning disabled children often deal with every day. They ask themselves the questions such as, “why can’t I do the work” or “why am I always the last to finish my tests,” or “why do I make bad grades even when I study extra hard.” As adults, if we were faced daily with little or no productivity or success on a daily basis, especially over a long period of time, what would we do? Most of us would want to quit. However, children do not have options and they are locked into this cycle of attempts and failure until someone intervenes to help.
You cannot put a price on a child’s future but there are ways to help a child succeed, without the breaking the budget. Developing a child’s cognitive skills is still at top of the list of importance to prepare a child for school this year. Your child can learn any subject with the cognitive skills working at peak performance. The basis for all learning is embodied in cognitive development, such as:
- attention and concentration
- processing speed
- long and short term memory
- visual memory
- reasoning and problem solving skills
- eye-hand coordination
Does your child have the most important skills and tools available to succeed in school this year? As parents, we want our children to have all the advantages we can offer, that may include; computers, books, teaching CDs, tutors, all manner of teaching aids, and anything else we feel is necessary to advance our child’s education. These are necessary educational resources we need to have at our disposal from time to time. If our child is making progress in school, we may not notice any problems exist and maybe they don’t. However, there are many children that are making good grades, but work extra hard, even though every resource for learning is available to them. Why is learning easier for one child but difficult for another, when all the other contributing factors are equal and every educational resource is available to them?
To answer this question we must understand that processing information fast and efficiently is at the heart of all learning. Some common cognitive functions are: