Teaching a child is more than just filling a mind with knowledge.
As a homeschool parent, you will spend many one-on-one hours with your children. Teaching is the perfect platform to show your children how much value they have in your eyes—and you can view this time together as an opportunity to encourage your children, to build them up, and to help them develop skills and character.
In the ups and downs of the daily grind, we sometimes get so focused on teaching and “improving” our kids that we forget to encourage them. But teaching a child is so much more than just imparting knowledge.
Sometimes we forget to remind our children to focus on what is possible instead of what seems impossible. We forget how important words are. Your words can speak directly to your child’s heart, convincing him I believe in you.
While teaching your children, think about the kind of teacher you would want. You would probably like your teacher to be friendly, supportive, and encouraging; one who has a you-can-do-it attitude.
Here are some tips to help you be a calm, uncritical coach with the worthy goal of helping your child fulfill his natural potential:
We all love working with people who bring out the best in us; people who encourage us, lift us up, and motivate us to reach higher—and your child is no different. If he ever feels discouraged, try some of these encouraging words to increase his motivation and help him get back on track.
“Wow, you catch on fast!”
“Excellent—you did so well!”
“Very good! You are a quick learner!”
“I love to work with you.”
“Hey, you got that the first time!”
“You are doing great!”
“That was a tough one, and you got it!”
“Good for you!”
“You’re getting it!”
“You remembered that from yesterday—great!”
“I can tell that you tried hard to figure that out.”
“Way to go!”
“Just last week you couldn’t have done that!”
For some parents and teachers, using encouraging words doesn’t always come naturally. When I was teaching my children, I know I needed reminders from time to time. That’s why I’ve created a great way to help you remember.
This beautiful printable poster can be laminated and displayed to serve as a daily reminder that your kids need your encouragement.
Your encouragement can mean the difference between your child’s success and his failure.
Is your child feeling discouraged about a poor grade on a test or another educational challenge? Encourage your child with some positive words!