The New Year is upon us; now that all the holiday hustle is wrapped up, it might be time to make resolutions for the upcoming year! Sit down and share some time together with your kids and discuss family resolutions, as well as some ideas for personal ones. Some goals might be saving money for a summer trip, or working on acts of kindness. Others might be school-oriented such as reading a new book a month, learning multiplication tables or knowing how to spell 100 new words. Once you’ve made your goals together, put them in writing and decide how you’ll achieve them. Good resolutions always have a plan with the end in mind and can teach kids self-discipline. At Teaching & Learning Stuff, we have lots of ways to help you encourage your kids to work toward achieving those new goals and turning them into life-long habits.
I Resolve to…
…Shore up a subject
Daily and weekly practice workbooks, flashcards, and games are some great ways to build skills and reinforce them. Some hands-on learning activities might include drawing letters in a pan full of kinetic sand or our awesome play dirt. Handwriting skills are a must; we have tablets of paper for every age, and Write Size pencils and special grips. You may want to purchase a timer to turn learning sessions into more of a game.
…Build Good Habits
Want to handle chores without tears? What about smoothing out daily routines, like getting ready for school and brushing teeth? Consistency and accountability are key. We have these “I Can Do It!” charts by Kenson Kids to help with both! These charts help teach your kids responsibility and self-reliance, which are important skills that will serve them (and you!) well. We have token boards, daily checklists, reward charts, and supplemental packs. Younger children will love getting to put a star on the boards when they’ve accomplished a task!
…Keep Track of This Year’s Resolutions!
We have daily, weekly, and monthly calendars to help keep your kids stay on top of chores, homework, character building, or whatever goals you set together. Some of our favorites include wooden responsibility charts with magnets that are interactive, as well as paper incentive charts with stickers that can be kept as long as needed in a special notebook or lapbook you create.
…Reward the Effort
Display these poly or magnetic chart options on the refrigerator or in another prominent spot. Use with white board markers and erasers as the child accomplishes set goals and moves on to conquer new ones! Have a reward in mind for the week to provide an extra incentive for reaching those goals. We have some great rewards such as scented stickers, with everything from pizza to popcorn, decorative pencils, sharpeners, small putty tins and much more! For an extra fun incentive, buy one of our magnet kits or building sets and hand out a few pieces at a time until your child has been rewarded with the entire set for accomplishing a goal!
What are some things you’ve done with your children that have worked in the area of incentives and rewards? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!