In this session, we were joined by Stacey Band, Parent Coach and Founder of Home Day Hero. Stacey talked about how adults can help children build independence at home, offered tips and techniques to try, and talked about some key characteristics parents and teachers can look for when promoting independence.
🎤Our Special Guest!
Stacey Band holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development, a Master Degree in Public Administration from a School of Education, and is an AMS certified Montessori Teacher. She has more than 12 years of experience working with children in various capacities and through her work with Home Day Hero, a parent coaching company, Stacey is proud to offer a variety of support services aimed to enhance the lives of families. Through thoughtful and meaningful support, Stacey provides parents and caregivers with resources that further their children’s success at home and school. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her two young children and her college sweetheart, going on nature walks, and creating cooking and art projects.
🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Stacey
- To help build and promote independence at home, you want to give your child the opportunity to explore for themselves. This can also be applied in the classroom. Give them the chance to access toys at their level, so have low shelves, creating that safe environment with belongings having a designated place is an easy way to start.
- Providing engaging and interesting activities or objects.
- You want activities that promote concentration, coordination, order, and independence.
- The easy activities to implement are practical life based, teach the children how to meet their needs, and build skills to help with it.
- As children grow, they start to learn different types of self-care. This can be using the bathroom, getting dressed, putting away a coat, or tying their shoes.
- Helping a child and allowing them to do these things will help with the growth of independence.
- These skills can be applied in multiple situations and locations besides home, from the classroom to helping peers.
- Giving a child the power to choose will also aid in the development of independence. Only providing one to two choices that you are comfortable giving up the power of choice. An example of this can be, For snack today would you like apple slices or pear slices?
- When you offer power, it reduces struggles, increases compliances, promotes competence, and creates trust.
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