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How to close the gaps in the knowledge and skills of the child?

Having a space means that there is a big discrepancy between your skills / competencies and the skills you need to work. This gap becomes apparent when you fulfill your duties, when you interact with clients, colleagues and managers, in your attitude, in your personality, and even in how you view your company and its significance. This may seem complicated, but once your gap is identified, you can move on to gain the skills necessary to stay on top in your field. And it all starts with step 1 below.

How to close the gaps in the knowledge and skills of the child?

Dear parents, this was probably the case with you: you once discover a child’s knowledge and skills gaps. For example, a topic on the Russian language is missing, and the next child does not fully understand, errors appear ...

The reasons are obvious: children get sick, skip school, they don’t understand something very well the first time. Gaps are accumulating, it’s getting harder for the child to deal with, he is upset, you too, and you don’t know how to help him. How to fill these gaps? It happens that during the school year to do this is difficult. You can try it in the summer.

I would recommend such an algorithm. I say, as always, in relation to the Russian language, but in principle, this algorithm is suitable for mathematics and other subjects.

1. It would be good if the child was tested by a specialist (your teacher, tutor, familiar teacher-specialist): invited him in a calm environment, not in a hurry, to complete the job, where there would be tasks for all the leading skills and knowledge that the child has at this point must be. Parents can do this: it’s enough to have a final dictation and a test in the Russian language.

2. It is necessary to analyze the result and briefly describe the gaps, positioning them as follows: from more serious problems (on which spelling and punctuation marks the child made the most errors, errors on common spelling and punctograms) to less serious ones.

3. Further, it would be good to jointly with the teacher or independently draw up an individual lesson plan: what and in what sequence to repeat or re-study.


Knowledge gaps

Everyone has knowledge gaps.
They could appear for a variety of reasons, sometimes completely independent of children.
Someone got sick and missed school. This is the most common cause of gaps. After all, some topics are presented in textbooks not in the best way.
And someone had a teacher. And when I went to work, I was forced to catch up with the time: the teacher did not have to skip classes in the hourly program.
Lessons were canceled this year due to the flu epidemic. This means that all teachers will try to catch up with lost time.
Some of the guys misunderstood something in the lesson. Does the child have the right to misunderstand or misunderstand something?
Believe me, the list of reasons can be continued indefinitely. But it’s better not to talk about the causes, but about the consequences.

1. Gaps in knowledge - trouble, but trouble is fixable

Therefore, faced with a gap in the knowledge of the child, do not be discouraged, but rejoice. It’s very good that you have found a gap. Why?
Knowledge gaps are like untreated wounds. They disturb a person, bring inconvenience, limit freedom. In school life, they can turn into unpleasant surprises in the form of bad grades. It turns out that knowledge gaps are a source of constant stresses that deplete the child, undermine self-confidence and interfere with life. Often guys can’t determine for themselves what gaps they have. The child knows that he does not know something. And that’s it. Why is there a parsing error? Doesn't know why. The child is not able to realize that when he had a sore throat three years ago, the school explained new material, which is not in the textbook either. About angina, this is so, just for example, the reasons, as we have determined, may be different.

2. Useful Assumption

Be sure to make an assumption: perhaps my child has other knowledge gaps. Believe me, it’s rare when such an assumption is not confirmed. Why? Because language is a system, not a random set of random elements. If the child does not know one element, then he does not know the connections of this element with others. Therefore, the properties, signs, functions, the very nature of entire classes of phenomena are incomprehensible to him.
In order to understand what the child knows and what does not know, and if he does, then he understands to the end, on this site

Any child can be diagnosed and find out what knowledge gaps he has.

3. If there are errors in the child’s notebooks, treat them carefully

Mistakes in writing are one thing, and parsing is another.
Many errors are symptomatic. Often, different errors have one reason. To understand it is to find the right path. Since language is a system, errors can also be systemic in nature.
Imagine yourself as a doctor. On the one hand, one disease has different symptoms. And on the other hand, individual symptoms of different diseases may coincide. For successful treatment, you need the correct diagnosis.
The same error situation. Mistakes are not the disease itself, but symptoms of distress. In order to collect such symptoms and understand them, to determine their causes, we offer to undergo testing on the site as regularly as training.

4. If a child has a lack of knowledge, the natural question is: where to get it, from which source to draw?

Pick up your child’s textbook. This is also a source of knowledge, more precisely, one of the sources.
Read the paragraphs. In sequence. Thoughtfully. Spend an hour of your time doing this. Then evaluate what you have learned. Is it a lot or a little? Remember, the child does not have your experience with information. This means that the volume of learned material will be even less, and the amount of time spent by him even more.
Even if you are satisfied with the content of the paragraphs of the school textbook, think that this source of knowledge is not always at your child’s hand. What if the topic was studied last year? Two, three years ago? Our school has a long tradition of giving out books to children at the beginning of the school year and picking them up at the end. Not all parents can buy all school books. It’s expensive, I assure you. And where to store them? Most of our families live in very cramped conditions. And how do you know which books to buy? Which ones are needed?
This site is also a source of information. Wander around the study sections for one hour. Compare the effectiveness of the presentation here and in the school textbook.

5. Knowledge comes through understanding, awareness

Never force a child to learn the rules of a textbook without understanding. It is not useless - it is harmful. Nothing but aversion to the subject, you will not achieve.
If you are a supporter of traditional technologies, then first figure it out yourself. Think over the general logic, as well as all the details and little things. Then convey the essence to the child. Explain simply, accessible, as a small one. Then be sure to check how the child understood you.

On this site all the theoretical material of the school course is set out in the section How our language is structured quite fully and simply. Explanation was one of my main tasks. Here, unlike the school textbook, the theoretical material is divided into different sections and headings. Navigating the site is easier than in the school textbook. Moreover, an approach has been adopted here, in which the level of understanding is constantly monitored. Without any delay, the child sees how successfully he works. As soon as the task is completed, the answer is immediately visible.

Whatever path you choose, I assure you: you and your children will feel a sense of relief when it turns out that now there is no gap, and its place is taken by knowledge.