Formulas for Your Child's Quest for Learning Success

These Three Program Elements Are Needed to Guarantee Learning Success:

1) Extensive practice with the subject matter in a way they can understand it
2) A desire to learn the material, and
3) A need to use the subject learned.

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If students have all of these elements, they will master the subject to the degree that they need to master it, or are satisfied with.

It's kind of like baseball: You can still succeed with one strike against you, even two, but three strikes and you're out. Ideally, we want all three elements operating at full strength.

Most materials are unsuitable for accelerated learning simply because they starve the learner for input. The spacing of material over too long a period of time fails to challenge young minds that are routinely and profoundly underestimated.

Another problem for young learners is that higher level material, such as pre-algebra, is written in a dense, dry style that is sometimes too difficult for them to comprehend, as it is even for many high school students. Concepts of complexity must be carefully broken down and explained. These are often much better presented in person or on video rather than in a book.

In all three elements listed above, you occupy the key position for ensuring learning success. You set the pace, ensuring that your children get sufficient practice to master basic skills. You convey the importance of the subject. It's you who, by your example, instills in your children a joy of learning. It's unlikely that anyone else would be as successful in imparting these elements if you were to abandon that role.

The Four "A"s Parenting Covenant

To accomplish the three goals listed above, your child will need to aquire these four things from you:

1) Authority - Assurance that their energy is well-directed, their time is not wasted, that the task is worth their effort, that it's important they do this even though it may be challenging.
2) Activity - Direction through a well-planned instructional process, tutoring and encouraging them whenever needed.
3) Accountability - Monitoring to ensure that they practice their tasks. Children do what you inspect, not what you expect.
4) Acknowledgment - Praising them for accomplishments, the element that keeps the whole process running smoothly!