Dr. Connie Hebert helps kids, parents, and teachers by helping them become experts at catching "the teachable minute" anytime, anywhere! My Teachable Minute Blog offers quick tips on how to engage with younger and older kids. Comments, questions, and reflections are always welcome . . . let's catch a million teachable minutes together!

If we are parents, then we are teachers. In fact, we are a child’s most important teacher in life because we lay the foundation for a lifetime of growth, experience, and discovery. Just as a house needs a solid foundation and a strong roof, so do children! Those who are given daily opportunities to experience language, in all of its forms, will ultimately acquire a strong and solid ‘bank’ of prior knowledge to draw upon. They quickly learn that speaking, reading, writing, and thinking are important and necessary for communication. They learn that to be a reader, writer and thinker one must read, write, and think!

Here’s how you can nurture and support the reader, writer, and thinker in your child:

READ to your child. READ with your child. Let your child READ to you.

WRITE to your child. WRITE with your child. Let your child WRITE to you.

TALK about what you are thinking with your child. TALK about what you hear your child saying. Let your child TALK to you. LISTEN to your child.

Here are a few questions to consider as you nurture the reader, writer, and thinker in your child:

Ø  How does my child feel about himself or herself as a reader and writer?

Ø  Do I read a variety of books and written materials to my child every day?

Ø  Is my child able to discuss the cover and pictures in a book prior to reading?

Ø  When my child reads do me, what does he/she do with words that are new or difficult?

Ø  Is my child saying anything that his/her teacher should know (e.g., “These books are way too easy!” “I don’t like reading group…it’s boring.” “When can I read harder books?” “Why do I have to do this at night?” “I don’t get why we have to read books in class that we’re not interested in.” “Why do I have to go to that ‘other’ teacher for reading and writing every day?” “I don’t like to write . . . it’s boring and hard.”

Ø  How does my child respond when asked questions about a story or when asked to retell a story we read together?

Ø  Does my child hold a pencil correctly? (Pencil/pen resting on 3rd finger with thumb and pointer finger ‘pinching’ it.)

Ø  Do I show my child what writing looks like by writing to him/her daily?

Ø  Do we talk in the car?

Ø  Do we talk during meals?

Ø  Do I ask my child questions that require only a ‘yes or no’ answer? If so, how can I reword my questions so this doesn’t happen so often?

Ø  Do I model good reading, writing, and thinking skills for my child every day?

 

The most important thing to remember is that we all learn by ‘doing.’ When children are exposed to environments where they are free to express their thoughts, read to and with someone, and share their ideas through the written word, they become confident in their reading, writing, and thinking abilities.

Cherish the reader, writer, and thinker in you…and in your child. Watch what marvelous things come of it!

 

The Importance of FUN!

Why is ‘fun’ important for kids to experience?
Kids love when parents say, “Go, have fun!” Why? Because it’s permission to BE a kid…they want and need to have FUN!
Can we make “the teachable minute” fun for kids? Of course! Actually, the more fun the experience is for kids, the more they will learn. Kids are all about FUN! They ‘see’ the fun in everyday life experiences and they create fun for themselves using imagination and creativity IF they are allowed to. My experiences as a teacher, kid specialist, and mother of three, have shown me the importance of allowing kids to be kids . . . and that means allowing them to enjoy the FUN of life.
When kids are expected to be perfect, they start to lose interest in fun. After all, having fun requires one to let loose and to be authentic. FUN IS IMPORTANT…
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Dr. Connie Hebert is dedicated to catching kids in motivating, engaging, and effective ways. She is the author of Catch a Falling Reader, Catch a Falling Writer, Catch a Falling Teacher, Sight Word Phrases, and a new book for parents: The Teachable Minute: The Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids. More information at: http://www.theteachableminute.com

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Take your kids to a pet shop and catch a million teachable minutes! Here’s how:

A Song is a Teachable Minute©2013

So many things can be taught with a song . . .

Songs can be powerful teachers if we know how to use them as teaching tools. They tap into the universal language that all kids speak: MUSIC!! They reach kids in fun, easy, light ways because they combine rhythm, melody, and rhyme. I don’t know a child on the planet who does is not drawn to music, if given the opportunity…

What can songs teach kids?

VOCABULARY
WORDS IN PHRASES
RHYMING WORDS
ATTENTION SPAN
MEMORIZATION
TONE
DICTION
LIFE EXPERIENCES
STORIES
RHYTHM
LISTENING
REPETITION
Which songs did I make sure to sing often in the house and in the car when our kids were little?
BA-BA BLACK SHEEP
TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
I’VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD
BINGO
WHEELS ON THE BUS
DO-RE-MI
IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT
HEAD-SHOULDERS-KNEES-TOES
KOUMBAIA
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
OLD McDONALD
YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG
YANKEE DOODLE
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
JINGLE BELLS
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
BY THE SEA
MY FAVORITE THINGS
ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT
HOME ON THE RANGE

What are some of your favorite songs to sing with kids?

To bring Dr. Connie to your school for parent literacy events, teacher training, model lessons, and more, please fill out an Inquiry Form at http://www.conniehebert.com

Dr. Connie Hebert is dedicated to catching kids in motivating, engaging, and effective ways. She is the author of Catch a Falling Reader, Catch a Falling Writer, Catch a Falling Teacher, Sight Word Phrases, and a new book for parents: The Teachable Minute: The Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids. More information at: http://www.theteachableminute.com

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