Has your child settled for being a good student when you know they could be a great student? If you see that your child is performing well, but know that there’s intellectual potential that’s not being used, then you may search for ways to help your student to become the great student you know they can be. The good news is that CodeREV Kids has a few ideas on how you can do that.
Be inspiring, be supportive – but set clear expectations
A good parent knows that praise is important to their child’s success, but don’t let your child assume that the praise you give them means you don’t know they could do better. For example, if your child goes from mostly Cs to mostly Bs, you want to reward their hard work – but you also want to be clear that you know they’re capable of As.
The easiest way to make this change is to tell your children that you believe in their abilities, but make your praise not about their grades but about their potential. Remember that you’re really trying to foster a love of learning. If they get too hung up on earning As then they could end up being discouraged.
Pay attention to what works for your child
Making even the smallest changes in your child’s study habits can help accommodate their personal preferences – and can make a huge difference. For example, what if you’ve always said that your child must complete their homework before playing video games? This may lead to them rushing through their homework just so they can get to their games. Another option is to let them play their video games for a set amount of time first. Letting your child begin with what they want to be doing could help them focus more when it comes time to get the work done.
Remember that your child has more going on than just school
It’s easy as a parent to focus on your child’s grades and how they’re doing in school. However, at CodeREV Kids we encourage you to think beyond school and remember that your child has other interests that should be explored. While you may think of extracurricular activities as competing with school, the truth is that they can supplement it. For example, our spring classes give kids hands-on experience with coding – which can help boost problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and more.
There’s no question that kids today are busier than ever and it can be difficult to fit it all in. However, there’s one thing that we at CodeREV Kids think every parent needs to make time for: Kids learning to code. It’s not because we think every child should be a programmer when they grow up, but because technology is rapidly changing the world we live in and learning to code better prepares our kids for that. Here are four reasons that coding is likely to pay off for your kids.
1. They’ll be ready for the technology of the future
Today, our world is becoming more and more reliant on technology. This is only going to increase as time goes on. From hardware to code to programs, we are a society that’s very reliant on technology. No matter what career path your child eventually choses, there’s a good chance it will be affected in some way by technology and learning to code can help prepare them for it.
2. Coding teaches kids to be makers
When kids learn how to code, they’re empowered. They gain confidence, they learn to be innovative, and they take on skills likely leadership and ingenuity. Coding is all about finding new solutions and teaching new concepts. If you want your child to be creative and to be able to solve problems than teaching them to code is a great way to get there.
3. Kids gain important logic and critical thinking skills
There are so many skills a kid learn when they learn to code. They discover how to solve problems on their own, the best way to tell a story, how to communicate effectively with others and with an audience, how to think methodically and creatively. In fact, learning to guide while also building a video game can be extra powerful because they’ll need to use both technical and artistic skills.
4. Kids love to code!
Most importantly, kids have a great time learning to code. They get to meet new friends, they’re motivated, and they learn a genuine desire to be creative in their world. At CodeREV Kids we’re so glad that kids gain valuable skills but the fact that our students have a great time is enough of a reason for us to show up to work every day.
Everyone makes mistakes. It’s those who are capable of standing up afterwards and moving on that are truly successful in life. Helping your kids learn from their mistakes is a great way to help prepare them for the real world. However, at CodeREV Kids we know it can be difficult to do so. That’s why we’re here to provide you with some simple tips that will help you prevent your kids from being paralyzed by their mistakes and installed will help the move on and grow from them.
Help your child recognize what went wrong
The truth is that 9 out of 10 times, your child knows exactly what they did wrong. For example, if they got a bad grade on their report card, then they likely know that it’s because they didn’t do well on a particular test and they know they didn’t do well because they didn’t study as much as they should.
However, kids don’t always make these connections. That’s why your first reaction after your kid makes a mistake should be to ask them what went wrong. After you’ve established what the problem is, then you can find ways to move on from it.
Set goals and offer rewards
Once you’ve come up with the problem together, you can brainstorm the solutions together. For example, it may involve studying more, doing extra work, asking friends for their notes, or getting to school a little early and talking to the teacher. Let your child come up with some ideas on what they could do differently next time and then pick one or two and set them as goals.
You’ll also want to offer a reward if your child meets their goal. Some parents balk at this part and believe that simply doing well should be reward enough. The truth is that this is an important point in their lives and you want to help increase the chances that they’ll have positive associations with working hard.
Get them extra help if they need it
It’s important to teach your child to learn from their mistakes but it’s also important to teach them that it’s okay to ask for help when they need it. For example, if they’re having trouble understanding math or science, then you may enroll them in coding classes that give them hands-on, relevant exercises to learn the basics inside and out. Reach out to CodeREV Kids for more information on the options we offer.