Magazine article Work & Family Life

Say It Clearly and Pay Close Attention

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Say It Clearly and Pay Close Attention

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Two more keys to being a good learner are the abilities to express one's ideas clearly and to organize one's thinking through focus and concentration. Parents can work on these skills with children of all ages.

Clarity of thought

DISCUSS PATTERNS. Note how street names and numbers follow patterns. Look at how color blocks are arranged in a quilt. Discuss the seasons and weather patterns.

USE PRECISE LANGUAGE. Because words are the means by which we classify and clarify, it's important to use precise language and to help your child find the right word to fit a situation or to describe an object or feeling.

TEACH CHILDREN that they are more likely to get what they want if they formulate a good argument and present their case clearly.

Focus and concentration

PREPARE CHILDREN TO BE OBSERVANT. …

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