WORD OF THE MONTH AND TOPIC OF THE MONTH

JANUARY, 2020 WORD OF THE MONTH:

KNOWLEDGE: LEARNING SOMETHING NEW SO YOU CAN BE BETTER AT WHATEVER YOU DO.

MAT CHAT TOPIC OF THE MONTH: 

MOTIVATION:

MOTIVATION IS THE THING INSIDE YOU THAT PUSHES YOU TO TRY TO ACHIEVE A GOAL. YOU CAN BE MOTIVATED IN DIFFERENT WAYS TO REACH DIFFERENT GOALS.

 

DEAR PARENTS AND/OR GUARDIANS:

This month we are learning about motivation. There are two kinds of motivation: external and internal. External motivation comes from the encouragement your child receives from those around them: you, coaches, teammates, teachers, etc. Internal motivation comes from your own child's drive to achieve. Getting the right kind and amount of external motivation can help your child develop the skills to self-motivate, which will help them throughout life.

HOW CAN YOU HELP??

** Encourage you child to believe in her/himself.

** Use positive motivation rather than (excessive) bribes or threats.

For example: "I know you can solve this math problem, Hannah! I know it's hard, but you have a big brain and lots of talent!" Not: "Every time you finish your homework, we can get ice cream!" or "If you don't finish your homework in ten minutes, you can't go to Jimmy's birthday party tomorrow."

**Help them practice goal-setting.

Come up with somewhat difficult, yet attainable, challenges they can reach.

**Take interest in their accomplishments.

 

HAVE A GREAT MONTH!!

Happy New Year!

Sensei Geer