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Parenting Today: How Can I Help My Child Discover And Learn

By Sara Hassebroek
Lower elementary teacher at Del Mar Academy

A child and his dad walk down the street towards the beach. The dad walks in a straight, purposeful line. The child teeters on the edge of the sidewalk, arms stretched out, pretending to be balanced on a high wire. The child jumps down, suddenly and inspects something crawling on the ground, while the father continues walking, only to pause briefly to tell his child to hurry along. The dad doesn’t understand why it takes so long to simply walk for one point to another. What the dad doesn’t know is that twenty-five years earlier, this exact scene played out with himself and his father!

Every moment of every day, children are absorbing information from the people and things around them. They are discovering why the ants march in a line, and how they find their way back, when they stray. They are discovering how to balance, how to greet people, how water boils and why the sun rises and sets. All day long, children are discovering their world.

Discovery and learning occur at school. But more so, they are discovering and learning at home and in their neighborhood the rest of the day. Textbooks and educational resource are not present and not necessary.

Children have the amazing ability to absorb information around them, simply by observing. While you are cooking your dinner, cleaning the house, talking with your family, your child is learning what happens when water is placed over a fire, the power of electricity and how to carry a conversation. And while you are busy making dinner, they are asking a hundred questions a minute. “How does the egg do that? Why did you put that there? How do you know how to do that?” (Most likely to the point of frustration) But, what the child is doing is very important to his or her development.

How can I help at home?

  • When your child has questions, don’t give them the answer! Help them discover the answer!
    • This is accomplish 2 things:
      • Your child learns to look for answers on his or her own, and becomes an independent learner (aka, asking you less questions)
      • Your child feels a sense of accomplishment and develops high self–esteem because he or she was able to find the answer to their question.
  • Experiments!
    • Do Science Experiments and cook with your child. They will discover a lot about the world around them through this work.
  • Allow extra time for everything
    • In order for kids to do things for themselves, they need extra time. They can’t tie their shoes as fast as you can, so start getting ready 10 minutes earlier to allow enough time for them to tie their own shoes independently.

     

    If you want want to share your experiences as a parent, or if you have questions about parenting, you can write to [email protected] and we will ask our group of professionals for advice.

 

 

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• Storytelling Ana Coralia Fernandez, won the hearts of children and adults

Some children came with their mother, others with their father, and some came on their own to sit and listen enthralled as professional storyteller Ana Coralia Fernandez told them about Don Chancho’s attempts to impress his girlfriend by putting on a lion’s mane, a fox’s tale and a zebra’s stripes, only to scare his girlfriend by his monstrous appearance. In the end, he learned that she loved him but she wanted him as he was.

Samara Police Move Into Renovated
Police Station

• Community contributed $1700

On Saturday, April 16, the police rejoiced as they moved back into the renovated Samara police station, more than 2 months after the facility was closed by the Ministry of Health. On January 14th, the Ministry of Health issued an order to the Samara Public Force to move out of the facility, and renovations began on Thursday, February 10.

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Even though Civil Aviation completed 900 million colones ($1.8 million) worth of improvements to the airfield in Nicoya. The airport renovation project, as described before it was begun included construction of the runway, asphalt, demarcaion and illumination.

Community Hustles to Reopen Nosara Police Station
Nosara Development Association invests another $1000

At the same time that the Samara police were rejoicing and moving back into their police station, the Nosara police suddenly found themselves with their hands tied when the Ministry of Health shut their station down on Thursday, April 14 and restricted them from receiving anyone in the building. This left the police without any way to attend to the public or anywhere to detain prisoners.

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