5 important skills and activities at home

Learning is sometimes equated with activities that end in an assignment that’s handed in. But teachers know that learning happens everywhere…and that sometimes the most valuable learning comes from everyday activities.

Teachers, check out these five skills you can ask students and families to consider, capture, and upload to FreshGrade. When they post something, don’t forget to let them know they’re doing some great things at home. (Please feel free to send this to students and families.)

 

Communication

Catch them in the act chatting with friends, family, or writing/drawing in a journal. Even video game chat counts! Did you know keeping up with kids’ interests are important to keeping communication open?

 

Teamwork

Snap a photo if they’re helping with a chore, playing a cooperative game, making dinner together, and more. Did you know that besides being FUN, board games help teach people how to take turns, follow rules, cooperate, and more.

 

Adaptability

Adaptability can show up as confidence, calmness, optimism, and more. Capture some flexibility and adaptability in action! Did you know: Deep breathing might be the first step in helping lower anxiety and controlling emotions. Learn more at Harvard Health – Click here for more! 

 

Problem solving

Capture persistence, taking initiative, observation, persuasion, negotiation, brainstorming in action! Check it out: The Khan Academy has a great video for teaching kids SMART goals so they can stay in a growth mindset. More info here. 

 

Creativity

Document and upload any moment of creativity—like coding, playing with blocks and LEGO, making music, and more. Studies show that focusing on the process more than the product is healthy for fostering creativity in kids.

 

Other resources:

TEENAGERS AND COMMUNICATION 

ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES 

HOW FAMILIES CAN BUILD SOFT SKILLS AT HOME 

RELAXATION TECHNIQUES: BREATH CONTROL HELPS QUELL ERRANT STRESS RESPONSE 

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