Children are fast learners with open minds ready to explore, and that is what makes them the easiest to teach. However, the things that they learn outside of the classroom are as integral as the things they acquire inside it. Life skills are invaluable alongside educational ones, and both work hand in hand to start to forge an independent path. Here are five skills every child should know before they go to high school.
The generation after us will have even more technology in their lives than we did. There is a strong possibility that any parent reading this has a child that has already overtaken them with regard to tech savviness. So, which are the core skills that will be super useful throughout life?
- Coding: Learning to program software and write code is going to be mainstream within the next decade. It is slowly integrating its way into general schooling, and it’s easy to see why.
- Graphic Design: Just like coding, graphic design is used more and more. It is fun, it is useful and there are so many avenues that it can lead a child down. So, if you don’t know too much about graphics placed in our devices already, read more about it here.
- Basic User Interface interactions: Learning to navigate the devices is as important as mastering new software.
How to Read a Chapter Book from Start to Finish
In the later years of high school, reading books will be commonplace. Reading has irreplaceable benefits that no other outlet can provide. It teaches vocabulary, it opens the mind to explore new realities, empathy, inner creativity, concentration, the list goes on and on. Every child needs (yes needs) to be able to read a book from start to finish for their personal development right alongside their academic development too.
A Second Language
The benefits to learning a second or third language are astounding, so if there is an opportunity to do so, every child should explore this. Not only is it a way to improve core cognitive skills such as memory, reasoning, and general logic, but there is also the technical aspect that enhances the learning of the native tongue.
Creative expression is one of the best methods for understanding emotions, regulation, imagination, and cause vs. effect. It is a source of entertainment but also something that can show a person who they really are and what they need to regulate themselves.
Our actions are guided by our choices. These are things every person has to take responsibility for because while they may be influenced by others, the phrase ‘I had no choice,’ is rarely applicable. These actions, no matter how small they are or how big, have consequences. These consequences shape the journey of life. So, learning to take ownership over decisions and choices is essential for understanding.
There is always time to learn something new and while it is not healthy to have education as the sole focus during childhood, it is undeniably important. Parents are a helping hand in their kid’s scholastic agenda, not a hindrance.