I’ve seen this idea posted on social media sites as the new year approached and I really like it! If you’re not familiar with it, the idea is to have a jar at home and when you have a good memory, you jot it down on a note and drop it in the jar. Then, at the end of the year as you are bringing in the new year, you read all the notes in the jar to reflect on the memories your family created. When I saw this, I thought it was a porject worthy of trying, but then I thought about how parents could use a variation of this idea for their children, especially if they are struggling learners.
I wouldn’t be surprised if someone has already thought of this, so i am not sure if my idea is original or not. But, here are my thoughts. Since struggling learners need to celebrate even the tiniest of accomplishments, parents could make a jar and jot down notes when their child accomplishes tasks, concepts, or milestones. For example, jot down a note when your child learns their math facts or increases their reading level Use it for behavioral celebrations, too! Jot down a note when your child learns to ask for help when frustrated instead of engaging in a meltdown. If your child is able to write, you could have them write it down. For younger children or those who struggle with writing, consider making a template and have them fill in the blank. It could be something as simple as this:
“I can ___!”
You might want to think about dating the notes, too. Then, at the end of the year-or you could do it more frequently, if needed for younger children- bring out the jar and read the notes to celebrate things your child has accomplished! Special educators, you could use this with your students, too! Be creative and have fun!
Thanks for reading!