Teaching “Try One More Time” Strategies

When you find yourself teaching at home, whether school lessons or life lessons, you want your child to be successful. The “Try One More Time” strategy is simple and effective. It’s one of the very first ones you should teach.

Start by stretching your child’s attention span by having them “hang in there” or “stick with it” a little longer. “Hang in there” a little longer can look like playing with the toy longer, working on solving that difficult puzzle just a moment longer, reading a little longer, and encouraging them to “stick with” that chore you assigned them, just a little longer.

Role model this behavior yourself. If you’re playing a game with toy cars, stretch out the game a little longer by adding a new and creative dimension. Perhaps enjoy having the toys convoy to a pretend parking lot at the pretend zoo. Encourage your child to tell you about the animals their car drives up to.

If your child is looking at a book or reading a story, have them look at the pictures just a little longer. Ask your child to describe all the things that are red in the picture, or all the things that make a sound.

Play card games, even a second time around, or the third, or forth, when your child says, “Again!” You have to hang in there a little longer if you want them to keep at it, try again, or re-think the dilemma through.

Invent a new way of playing with the backyard bowling set. Teach your child to stretch their imagination.

Teaching your child to play longer and to stretch their imagination will help improve attention span for their home responsibilities and back to school work times. Teach your child to hang in there, problem‑solve and execute one more attempt at finding the lost sock, attaching that bicycle tire back onto the bike frame, and finishing a chore independently; these things can all help keep your child’s mind engaged in a productive manner.

Help your child to enjoy feeling their mind successfully wrap around a predicament. Look for opportunities for your child to “think a little more” or “try one more time.” Encourage and support the effort.

Sometimes, you may need to be a part of the solution. Try to help your child feel the pleasant experience of overcoming an obstacle, even if the suggestions and solution came from you.

We want children to enjoy using their minds and develop “try one more time…” strategies. They will need them as they mature through school.

Perhaps the greatest gift you can give a child is teaching them how to learn. The doors that can open are endless, to someone who is interested in learning. 

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