To say the last couple years have been a whirlwind for educators, parents, and students alike is a strong understatement.
Whether families have chosen homeschooling, virtual learning, in-person schooling, or a hybrid option, Dr. Steve and Megan Scheibner relay three helpful hints that will change the trajectory of not only a student’s school year but their whole lives on an episode of Character Health.
Parents often ask the question, “what if my child falls behind?” Although it’s a valid question, the Scheibners reassure viewers no matter where their children land educationally, it’s more about what they’re learning outside the classroom that will make this school year successful.
They say meeting the following three goals at home is the “apex of education,” giving students the preparation and knowledge needed for life beyond school-age:
- Teach Your Kids Life Skills
- Teach Your Kids to Love Learning
- Help Your Kids Become Life-Long Learners
Often, parents are more concerned with the grade their child gets on an English paper than about teaching their kids to change a tire, turn the water off in the house, pay the bills, or meal-plan. While academics are important, relaying practical life skills boys and girls will need in adulthood is just as vital.
Engaging children with what they are passionate about encourages them to pursue the things they love and builds character that says, “I can learn,” reminds Dr. Scheibner.
Adapting to the interests exciting to their heart and encouraging students to dive deep into those subjects is key to helping them love learning even when it’s not required of them.
Dr. and Mrs. Scheibner urge parents to model to their children the benefits of having a teachable mindset and eager-to-learn stance throughout life, not just during the school year.
No matter how young or old you are, the end is never reached in any area of learning, and “the more you do it, the more fun it gets,” Dr. Scheibner encourages.
Days are short and full for students everywhere, therefore, it will go well with both parent and child to focus on ways that propel growth now and in the future.
If you’re a parent trying to navigate the ups and downs of education in the middle of the messiness of Covid, tune into this episode to be encouraged and learn practical ways to not just survive but thrive this school year.