Sometimes, I get to witness some pretty exciting “Aha!” moments with the students. It’s a thrill for me to be present as they have these experiences. I’ve just assumed they bring these moments home to you but I’m often surprised when I ask the students if they share what we are doing in class and too many of them respond with “I forgot” or “I was busy.” I’m a parent too, so I KNOW that by the time they get home, there’s so much going on that it’s so easy to neglect these quick conversations where your child can be the expert. This is your child’s chance to shine (and control the conversation). It’s not too often that 9 and 10 year olds get to have that kind of power, but if you can let them have it for 15-20 minutes each day, you will be amazed at what you will not only learn about what’s happening in class, but also what is going on in your child’s head. Letting your child do this is a great way to help him/her build confidence and language skills as well.
If you ask your child what he did in school today, you may not get many answers, but you can arm yourself with information and be prepared. Nobody likes to be “grilled” with lots of questions thrown at them, but if you already know some of what’s happening, you can easily start a conversation with comments about what you already know.
Here’s how to begin:
1. Read our class blog (this is different than the kidblogs) and provides some insight into what we’ve been doing. My email signature has the link and you can also get there from EDLINE.
2. Read our Kidblogs. Your child is publishing there. You can send your child’s blog link to family and friends via email and ask them to comment on your child’s blog. YOU can comment on your child’s blog. By engaging in this type of online writing, your child is learning how to publish for an authentic audience in a safe, controlled manner. Are you reading his/her work? The link to the kidblog is also in my email signature and is also in EDLINE. Remember that nothing becomes public until I approve it. That includes posts by your child and comments by others.Have a great weekend!