Is it important to ask the child what he learned when he returns from LuckyKids language camp

English lesson in LuckyKids
2021-10-25

LuckyKids Language Camp Children’s Achievements

In the LuckyKids summer language camp, our children are constantly taught time of your stay.

One side is learning English, which expands their language stock , makes them confident to communicate freely in a foreign language, gives them many new grammatical and syntactic structures to use the language of level close to that of children born with this language.

This in itself is a great achievement – children must make an effort to learn and reinforce words and expressions , try to talk to their teachers and animators in English.

The work and effort they put in is enormous. They occur in a natural environment with native speakers or teachers / animators who use only English in their daily communication with them.

Along with language freedom and overcoming the speech barrier, children grow up as independent individuals,

This, in our opinion, professionals, is the second great achievement. Behind all the changes with the child that the parents witness is personal growth, a lot of work and perseverance in the practice of skills and virtues .

When the parent asks – “What did you learn?”

It is psychologically proven that when the parent asks the question – “What did you learn ? ” or “What points / percentages / score did you get?” is very likely to meet complete resistance in sharing.

It is explained by the fact that the child is in a stage in which he strives to be independent. It wants to achieve new things, it is in the process of self-realization, and any intervention, even in the form of the simplest question of what it has achieved, takes it back to the years in which it was completely dependent on the parent.

That’s why he resists putting himself back in a situation where the parent has had complete control over his life. Sharing itself is a skill, which needs to be trained for a long period of time.

If for years, the parent has not once asked the child how he felt, how he spent his time, what he thinks about an issue, how he solved a case, who his friends are and what interests he has, this skill does not seem to exist.

To expect a response after years of so-called “disinterested care”, ie. taking care of only basic physiological needs would be unrealistic.

At most the child should answer you in a few words, indefinitely and hurriedly. All parents can expect such behavior.

However, when the parent has regularly and consistently cared for the emotional and psychological needs of his child, then the situation is different. This child grows up with confidence and feels safe to share his innermost thoughts and emotions.

For or against?

Why?

It is wonderful to be interested, as parents, in everyday life, the achievements and even the failures of our children . This shows that we are with them, we support them, their lives really excite us. The most important thing is the moment of perseverance.

All we need to do every day is to find minutes in which to be real with our child, to listen to him, to hear him and to discuss with him his life, decisions , worries and joys.

So after a while, whatever question we ask, whatever we are interested in in their lives, they will gladly and openly share.

There is no universal recipe, but one thing is important to do all the time – the parent to show a real genuine interest in everything that happens to his child. Ask questions, encourage words to share.

Why not?

Professionals know that there is no answer to the question “why”. This is because it raises new questions and actually becomes a continuous chain of information flow.

This is not the right way for a parent to know what their child’s accomplishments are.

This question contains a manipulation that aims to satisfy one’s own curiosity and is an attempt at complete control. Control is a form of manipulation anyway, and we all know that manipulation is not a manifestation of care or love.

Every child, although subconsciously feels this and even in earlier years to “submit” to this type of control, over time, loses confidence in parents with similar behavior.

Manner and content of the questions asked about the child’s achievements in the language camp

It’s a good idea for the parent to ask the child questions about what he or she liked, how he or she felt, and whether he or she made new friends.

These questions are key to opening the sharing channel . They will inevitably lead to explanations of exactly what achievements the child has. In this sense, it is desirable that the questions begin with “how”, “where”, “what”, “who / who”. We do not recommend the “why” question.

It’s a good idea to be familiar with the details of camp life and to ask specific questions such as:

  • Did you like the alien project?
  • What exactly did you like about it?
  • Which do you prefer – swimming or paintball?
  • Did you manage to “shoot” someone during the paintball game?
  • How many lengths does it swim in the pool?
  • Is this child your friend?

The specificity of the questions frees the child from the fear of manipulation. Thus more we will easily get a sincere and most likely happy answer.

Ask once or constantly about what you’ve learned in English?

We have all felt besieged or oppressed in our early years in different ways occasions, from our parents. Their over-care and protection were annoying and unjustified in our eyes.

We were particularly uncomfortable with repeated questions that revolved around the same topic. We have gone so far as to lock ourselves in our own room or to leave the room where we are with the” annoying, always asking “parent.

If we manage to put ourselves in the place of our successor in this way, then most likely we realize the futility of repeated questions.

Achievements such as learning a language are demonstrated much more -easy and natural, if we put the child in the appropriate language environment and he had to speak the language. Only then can we to see clearly what skills and knowledge he has acquired and how he applies them in real life.

The other possible way to check what has been learned without having to ask many questions is the child’s attitude towards the subject at school. According to our research, after summer language camp children become more confident and use English more correctly.

Some start watching movies without subtitles, others sing songs, others start reading books in English . No less important is the impact of project work, as here children are taught to do their own research, using sources using sources. in English.

All you have to do is watch closely what your child is doing after returning from LuckyKids language camp and you can be sure that he has a new kind of curiosity and thirst for knowledge , and his behavior is different. 

How can this affect him?

Children have a need for care and perseverance in that care. Asking questions is an expression of interest and concern. That is why it is good to try to be present in our daily communication and the real questions / not only the advice and commands /.

When the child returns from the LuckyKids language camp, leave him a space in which he has time to rethink his experiences, feelings and emotions who has experienced it.

Make the environment comfortable and safe for him so that he relaxes and can freely and voluntarily tell about them. Encourage his desire to share by saying that you are ready to listen to him and that you are really interested.

Such an attitude can work wonders – the child remains happy, feels protected, calm and satisfied. Plus, it will open up to you much easier and will be happy to talk about everything that happened during his camp stay.

In conclusion, we can summarize that the art of asking the right questions is the key to building trust and happy coexistence not only at the beginning of our lives, but also until old age.

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