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Is it necessary to study with a first-grader during the summer so that he won’t forget anything?

“He’ll forget everything over the summer!” – This is often how parents justify their decision to find a child tutors in several subjects for the summer. Many parents don’t even get their children’s homework help and simply provide good professionals to tutor them instead, since the parents themselves often don’t have enough time. They load the kids up from the beginning of summer by making them read books. Or they just start slipping children textbooks and notebooks in July. Why is it still not necessary to load the summer classes as tightly as the rest of the year, explains the psychologist, Ph.

Question. My daughter graduated from first grade, and learning was not easy for her. Now there is a summer vacation to pull up what she has learned during the year. But she resists! Do I need to do anything with the child in the summer – make me count and write?

The answer. Imagine: you have been working for almost a year without a break, making every effort to achieve good results. Something you got good, something – not so good, but you tried, dealt with stress and are very much looking forward to vacation to rest. And now your management says: you will go on vacation, but every day in the evening you will send a written report and redo some of your work. How will you react?

And the child is in exactly the same situation in the summer! Some parents think they need to study in the summer too, but that’s categorically not the case! Most children resist studying in the summer, they don’t do their assignments well. There will be no point in such studies.

The child will not remember anything, but it will form a negative attitude towards learning in principle

Of course, parents’ concerns can be understood. Three months of a break, the child may forget something, relax. So if you still decide that study during the vacations is necessary, organize it in such a way that the child does not even realize that he is studying. Play games, ask problematic questions, set up experiments, watch educational cartoons, read and count with your child, and write together. Compete, argue, let him teach you something – show the value of his knowledge to you. And most importantly, do it all together!

Teachers can counteract the above detrimental effects of the traditional grading system by allowing students to grade their own work. The method is very simple: ask the students to give themselves space when they turn in their work and let them indicate what they think they deserve. Then discuss their work with each one and talk to them about their “self-assessment.” Sometimes a student’s grade for their work may be lower than what you would have given them-it’s a great excuse for a productive conversation.

When students take responsibility for their grade, they feel they have power over the learning process.

This pumps their metacognitive skills-they are aimed at giving the person control over their own actions, thinking, and learning processes. Such skills include identifying tasks (what do I do?), setting goals (what do I want to achieve?), planning (how can I achieve the goal?), controlling one’s accomplishments at certain points, evaluating the result, and reflecting on what one has learned.

Sometimes I dream that one day all teachers will stop assigning grades to children and they will be happy to do our assignments out of sheer pleasure. But in our reality the grading system with all its flaws determines the ratings and is necessary to analyze the quality of educational institutions. Do not be discouraged by this, because we, the teachers, can be creative in our classes and make our grades reflect the real progress of the student, become more accurate and do not cause so much stress and anxiety.

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