Helping children and the aging bond
Back to school means back to the books and homework. If you are a parent, you know what we mean. Although your children have the assignment, they often look to you for assistance with math, reading, history, and more.
If you are also taking care of an aging loved one, why not include them in the homework fun? Helping your senior keep their mind active is just as important as helping your child learn new things. Together you can help your child and aging loved one learn and bond at the same time!
Reading – If your child has a reading assignment (e.g. a book report), try alternating who reads out loud. First you can read a paragraph, then your child, then your aging loved one. Reading out loud helps annunciation, and it will also help everyone to pay attention to the story.
Writing – If your child has to write a creative story, try brainstorming out loud. Throw around a few ideas; then everyone should write the beginning to the story. Read your story out loud. This helps share creative ideas and will enhance your child and senior’s creativity.
Arithmetic – When your child comes home with math problems, try writing them on a flash card. Turn math into a fun game where your child and senior have to come up with the right answer the fastest.
Being a sandwich generation teacher can be difficult and stressful. Remember to always take time for yourself, and never be afraid to ask for help.