My daughters were sitting on the floor playing Coin Change-Up. Normally, they play the game at their own level—one working on addition facts and the other working on multiplication facts.
But today was different. My eleven-year-old was in charge of the math lesson. I allowed her to choose the activity. I only had two rules.
- They had to practice addition facts.
- She had to be a mentor to her sister. (Translation…she was not “in charge” and had to think of her sister’s education before her own desire to win.)
She stepped up to the challenge and played the game with her sister, encouraging her and helping her as needed. They had a great time and both benefited! One from meaningful repetition. The other from a review of what she already knew. (And some practice being a servant leader.)
In today’s Triumphant Minute, you’ll learn a few of the many benefits to having an older child help a younger child with his lessons.
you can watch it with the closed captions on instead.)
What do you think?
Do you have an older child help a younger one with lessons? What lessons are easiest to delegate this responsibility?
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