Why Building Self-Awareness Skills Can Help Your Child at School and at Home

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Building Self-Awareness skills is important for all ages, but can play a particularly vital role in children’s well-being. Self-Awareness helps kids to tune into their feelings, understand the consequences of their actions, and be considerate of others around them. It helps them to accurately judge their own behavior and respond appropriately to different social situations.

Developing good Self-Awareness skills can also be quite beneficial at school. Kids with the capacity to assess themselves gain a deeper understanding of their academic strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to take steps to improve problematic areas of study. Carefully checking over one’s work in math, taking the time to ensure correct spelling while writing and stepping back to make connections and inferences about what one is reading require the kind of metacognition and self-reflection that facilitates a deeper understanding about what one has learned, more so than simply memorizing a series of facts.

How Building Self-Awareness Skills Helps Kids at School:

Reading:

  • Self-Awareness skills are an important part of making inferences and connections about content while reading.
  • Self-Awareness helps children monitor and assess their comprehension of what they have read.

Writing:

  • Self-Awareness is an important aspect of understanding one’s audience and the type of writing assignment at hand.
  • Self-Awareness helps kids develop a willingness to reflect on, and edit their work.
  • Self-Awareness helps kids become proficient at spell checking techniques, proof-reading, and other revision activities.

Mathematics:

  • Self-Awareness helps kids to explain their mathematical reasoning in words.
  • Self-Awareness is vital when self-evaluating and checking one’s work for errors.

For engaging and fun ways to start building your child’s Self-Awareness skills, check our our guides on the best Self-Awareness apps and Self-Awareness games to try with your child, or download our free Self-Awareness e-book for more information.

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