The little man is back to school this year as a Kinder student. I know it will be more challenging as he gears up towards elementary education. He will be away in school longer this time and with more subjects to study, too. Can you believe they now have Science and Social Studies in Kinder? During my time, all I remember about Kinder is story time, a little bit of pencil work, and play! Children these days really have a lot more in their plate and they face more challenges daily compared to the children of past generations.
Jared did perform really well in class last year and I would love for him to do the same this year. More than getting good grades in school, I would love for him to enjoy learning, be a well-rounded person, and grow up to achieve his full potentials and make the most of his life. Lofty goals, I know, but I am taking small steps towards those goals. Meanwhile, I will make sure he gets adequate amount of sleep, as well as sufficient amount of nutrition his growing body needs to get through our daily goals. I will also ensure that he gets enough play to unwind and relax, and I will constantly remind him to do his homework and other school-related activities promptly. Of course, I will always be ready to give him the right amount of affection and encouragement to keep him going and to improve his self-esteem.
It is also of utmost importance that I boost my child’s Multiple Intelligence. Here are 3 reasons why Multiple Intelligence is essential not only in the classroom but more so in life:
It allows children to be balanced and well-rounded individuals later in life, who can function as effective members of the society.
Multiple Intelligence-based teaching and activities fosters “teaching for understanding” that allows children to have positive learning experiences, as well as the capability to create solutions to problems.
It also opens multiple opportunities for children in later life, as well as inspires multiple achievement beneficial to the child’s self-esteem and self-worth
And here are a few of the ways on how I plan to boost the little man’s Multiple Intelligence:
I have mentioned on occasions that if I could I would really love to homeschool the little man. Even when that plan did not push through as we find alternative ways for our son to learn, I never pass on the chance to teach him at home and rummage online for learning printables that I am sure my little one will enjoy.
I chanced upon this Despicable Me printables while visiting my favorite homeschool blog and I immediately downloaded and have it printed, knowing Jared will love it to bits. The printable pack includes this Counting From 1-10 page, where the little man has to trace the letters from 1-20, as well as this Gluing Fun activity, where Jared is asked to cut out these lovable Despicable Me characters and glue them into their corresponding boxes.
The little man enjoyed the activity a lot. He may not have developed his cutting skills to the fullest but am sure with constant practice, and loads of worksheets like this, he will learn how to cut properly in time. I have also stumbled upon this How To Train Your Dragon printable and I cannot wait for the little man to work on it.
By the way, I have also recently discovered K5 Learning, which has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. I’ve been given a 6-week free trial test and write a review of their program and I cannot wait to try it out with the little man. If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their open invitation to write an online learning review of their program.
This is what Jared’s pedia advised me when we recently went to her clinic for the little man’s scheduled check-up. Although our pedia was very delighted with Jared’s progress in speaking, she advised me to find a playgroup or a preschool for toddlers where Jared can attend. Interacting with kids his age will work wonders for him, she said and I guess I cannot agree more. Apart from helping him with his language and speech, I am sure having regular playmates and being surrounded by children his age will also be good for his self-esteem and emotional maturity.
So plans of having him homeschooled or enrolling to Kumon will be put off for the time being. Instead I will be scouting for a local playschool to enroll my little man. Any suggestions?