Early Childhood Findings and Practices to Advance At-Risk Children (Cont'd)
3. Create Love of Learning
Love of learning can help assure a child’s success. But in order to love learning, the child has to know how to learn. They must first know how to pay attention, focus, and be proud of their work and accomplishments. Sadly, many urban generational-poverty parents do not know how to instill this in their children. Therefore, READ compensates. We even go a step further as we engage parents so that they witness and appreciate their son or daughter’s love of learning and accomplishments. We work to encourage the parent’s ongoing engagement and support to help ensure their child’s long-term success.
4. Establish Vision
In its work with inner-city generational-poverty families, READ has witnessed that sadly, in the generational-poverty community, vision is something that too often simply does not exist for either the child or parent(s). Without a positive vision, there is almost no way for a child from this adverse background to succeed. A key part of the READ program is establishing a positive vision in the parent’s mind so that they see their child as a successful young man or young woman who has escaped the claws of generational-poverty. In testing our math program, we have witnessed that by advancing children from this community ahead of other children we are able to open the parents’ eyes and enable them to see what they have never had the opportunity to see before. They see that their child is extremely bright, is able to accomplish at an accelerated level, loves to learn, and can be extraordinarily successful in school. Creating this vision is vital to the students’ long-term success and breaking the cycle of generational poverty.