Learning at Home: Giving Responsibilities

Hello Early Learning Families,  
One of the best ways to cultivate self-reliance and self-confidence is to give your children developmentally appropriate responsibilities. Plus, young children naturally want to help, feel important, and contribute to the family.    
Sincerely, Debra Honegger Early Learning Consultant

Journeyintoearlychildhood.com

Teaching, Modeling and Praising Efforts of Chores

 

Young children want to help with cooking, cleaning, and other real work. When you share tasks, you help your child:  
*Feel important
*Care about others
*Be a contributing part of the family
*Feel capable
*Be independent
*Learn important life skills
*Participate in family routines


Teach and model tasks that your child appears capable of doing and in which he/she appears interested.
TIPS
·         *Patiently help when children need support or make mistakes.  “That’s okay. Let’s get a towel to clean up the water that spilled over the dog bowl.”
 
·         *Offer choices when you can.  “Let’s fold the clothes. Do you want to sort the shirts or the socks?”
 
·         *When possible, allow your child to decide what needs to be done.  “What should we do next to get the table ready for dinner? “
 
·         *Encourage efforts and avoid pointing out mistakes.  “I noticed how carefully you washed the cup. “
 
·        * Don’t expect the task to be completed to the same standards as you would have done it and don’t redo it while he/she is in eyesight.
 
* Avoid jumping in and doing it for him/her. Allow your child to feel the pride of accomplishing the task.
The Importance of and Tips for Providing Responsiblities/Chores for Young Children journeyintoearlychildhood.com
Gardening to Contribute to the Family journeyintoearlychildhood.com

 

ADDITIONAL BENEFIT OF GIVING RESPSONSIBLITIES=  
Develops Gross and Fine Motor Skills Activities such as putting groceries away and digging in the garden promote large motor development, while fine motor development can be encouraged through activities like peeling an orange. Hands-on learning is an important part of brain development in childhood.    
Counting While Clearing Up Toys journeyintoearlychildhood.com

 

Math Skills Activities that involve counting such as counting the number of plates or silverware to place on the table, naming the shapes of toys as they are put away or counting to five while pouring water on a plant all help build math skills while completing a needed family responsibility.

Author: DHonegger

Debra S. Honegger has worked in multiple areas of education- both general education and special education- as teacher, consultant, administrator and instructional coach- with ages from birth through adult. However, no matter where she is or what her title, she holds a firm belief in meeting the needs of each individual child while coming together as a community of learners.

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