Want to support your child's learning in school?
Do you want to improve your child's social, emotional, and academic capabilities to enable school success and a life-long love of learning? If so, welcome!Enroll in Course
- Your child can't sit still for more than five minutes in a row and you worry that will make him seem disruptive;
- You've taught your child how to count but have no idea where to start teaching anything else related to math;
- You have a personal goal of developing a lifelong love of learning in your child;
- You've heard that participating in your child's learning is a key factor in children's academic success, but you aren't sure which are the most effective ways of participating;
- You'd like to move beyond the pretty Pinterest boards and printable worksheets you see online to create extracurricular activities that extend your child's interests, expand the ways in which they learn and express their learning, and are really fun!
I give you the tools and guidance you need to smooth the transition to school and set your child up for success - all in a way that is driven by the child's interests and provides reassurance - not stress! - for parents.
Here's the beginning of an email that Kesha from Oklahoma spontaneously sent to me after she completed the unit on the neuroscience of learning (sounds technical, right?):
"I LOVED this section on the neuroscience of learning, it made so much sense, provided so many pointers, and gives tools I can definitely use to find better ways to make new things we learn relevant to my son. I had a really hard time doing that before but I think using his interests, then finding ways to tie different subjects to them and letting him lead me through how he’d like to demonstrate his learning are concrete, easy to apply tactics. This course is amazing!"
This course is perfect for you if:
- You are committed to schools, but you recognize the gap between the education provided in school and your personal standards about learning;
- You believe in the importance of a child's intrinsic motivation to learn - in other words: a love of learning, which goes far beyond high achievement on a standardized test, and can really only be supported at the individual (not classroom) level;
- You recognize these gaps and you want to know the best ways to support your child's learning, but you don't really know how to do this - or even where to start researching.
This course has the information and support you need to understand and shape your role in your child's learning, and prepare your child for success.
- That parental participation is key to student success (and how to do it in the most effective way);
- How the preadolescent brain learns math (and what you can do to support it) - since only 40% of American children can do math at or above a proficient level by fourth grade;
- How to overcome common problems in learning to read (only 37% of fourth graders read at or above a proficient level)
- How tools like unstructured outdoor play can improve your child's ability to navigate social situations and help him focus in class;
- How to support a child's desire to learn (even when this has been dampened by school);
- How to work with your child's school to make sure your child receives meaningful, realistic amounts of homework;
- How to interact with teachers and administrators in a way that makes them more likely to support your requests;
- Bonus: How to use extracurricular activities to help your child love learning, and learn how to learn
(Be sure to click the 'down' arrow in the curriculum section below to see the full list of topics)
Start2. Context setting
Start3. A bit more on the 'why': Power in schools
Start4. The child's ecosystem
Start5. Why should parents participate in their child's education in school?
Start6. Types of parental participation
Start7. Factors affecting parental participation
Start8. Making Schools Inclusive
"I had been worried about the transition to school but this course was both tremendously reassuring and inspiring. It both makes very clear the limitations of the school setting but empowered me to see what I can individually do to make the most of the experience. It also, refreshingly, makes clear that perfection is not the goal. Instead it provided me with the knowledge and ideas to find and make the most of opportunities to extend my daughter’s learning according to her own unique needs and interests.
I loved the background I gained on learning to read which gave context as my daughter brought her phonics sheets home and began to bring her first books home to read. Much more than that, though, the course overall provides a great framework for thinking about learning in a way very much tailored to my own unique child and situation. The exercises and interaction with a Facebook group really helped to pause and reflect on the information in order to better apply it.
All in all it has been a tremendous resource and dovetails nicely with the equally wonderful podcast series [www.YourParentingMojo.com]. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to make the most of their child’s school experience."
- Kathryn, London, U.K.