Training is an essential part of teaching children life skills. We often ask our children to clean their rooms (for example) and forget that their version of clean and our version of clean are indeed very different. The same thing is true with setting the table, organizing their closets or putting their toys away. We expect them to know how we want things done, without ever taking the time to teach them.
Training is also an important first step in managing children’s behaviors. If your child doesn’t know how to tie his shoes, for example, he might refuse to do it – simply because he does not know how to do it. The solution is simple, teach him how.
A huge part of training is understanding that learning any skill requires a 4 step process:
1 - Explain the task as you do it, while your child watches.
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Who does not have a to do list to keep us on track? Well, children need something similar, too. Sometimes we struggle with our children to complete their jobs before a transition. Having a routine chart visible helps guide your child, develops time management, and supports independence. It is important that your children help in the creation of the chart. After you choose which transition is most difficult, here are the steps to follow through (Examples of difficult
transitions: bed time, clean up, eat breakfast, etc). .
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Pasitos is an eco-friendly, bilingual community based on learning and fun. Through a play based Reggio inspired curriculum, children gain the necessary literacy skills to make them successful in both Spanish and English. At the same time, they build social and emotional skills in working with peers and the maestras. Together these skills help open their minds and language capabilities. Teachers interact with the children to build strong academics and positive social skills.