“This week, we have been focusing on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. We have been practising using the past and present tense and the children have learnt how to use the present progressive and past progressive tense.”
Great – I’m sure that inspired them and made them excited to communicate. Look, I know grammar is needed, but when they are six?
How about instilling a passion for learning, not for making a grade? Get them excited about what they can achieve, not what they can’t yet do. Build a joy of curiosity, not just repeat what they “should” know. Make them explorers of the unknown, testing and creating their worlds.
We remember those teachers that inspired us and those memories are still fresh in our minds – let’s allow this generation of teachers to be that inspiration that they must be and not shackle them with tests, levels and grades.
As parents, we need to trust that are children want to learn, they will follow our example, so set them an example of life-long learning – they will thank you for it!