Learning with Teddy Bears & Incentives
Teddy bears are teaching our children. More teachers are pulling out all the stops these days to get the kids involved with learning. That includes adding teddy bear items for them to count, help them read and just about anywhere else in the class that they can find a place for them. Elementary teachers are even including teddy bears as theme units and inviting the children to bring their teddy bears to school on certain days. Everyone knows that the first years of school are the scariest for a young child and by bringing a friendly face to the class it might help them adjust a bit faster. Children love their bears and seem to talk more when they have a comfort item.
If you are a parent of a child that doesn’t want to read to you every day try encouraging him/her to read to their teddy bears. This helps you know that they are still reading out loud, but you aren’t forcing them to do something they don’t want. By reading picture books about teddy bears you can keep their interest but have them discuss what you just read with you. There are even Talking tutor teddy bears that will help encourage your child to do the problems. This is just like the old, “Teddy Ruxpin” doll except he does every subject.
As your child gets a problem right the teddy bear raises a flag up into the air. Teddy bears are also being used more as rewards for a child that does good work. You might find teddy bear stickers, stuffed teddy bears, notebooks in the shapes of bear and many other items. Make sure you don’t give rewards out every day or they’ll get use to it. Give them as a reward every once in a while so that they are always trying hard to earn those teddy bears. .
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